Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter expects Alexander Povetkin to score another knockout victory over Dillian Whyte when they collide in a rematch on Saturday night in Gibraltar.
Back in August, Povetkin pulled off a fifth round knockout of Whyte at Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood.
Prior to the first bout, Hunter had backed Povetkin to win by knockout.
Hunter fought Povetkin to a draw in December 2019, as part of the Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz undercard in Saudi Arabia.
He feels this weekend’s rematch will end in a similar manner.
“I think that it’s going to be a repeat. It’s going to be very similar to the first fight. Povetkin always gets to his man at some point and Dillian Whyte always gets hit at some point in all of his fights, so I think it’s going to be a very similar outcome,” Whyte said to Sky Sports. “It could go either way, but I just think the experience [of Povetkin] is going to outweigh Whyte’s youth and skills.”
“I think I have a better chin than Dillian Whyte for sure and I think I have a better eye. I really don’t get caught too flush and I see it. I don’t think that Dillian Whyte, when he got hit, he did not see that punch. That’s what is a little bit different with me. It’s very hard to hit me with punches that I don’t see. I think the same thing could happen. He could get knocked out.”
Hunter is waiting to finalize an IBF world title eliminator with Filip Hrgovic – after the sanctioning body ordered them to face each other.
“They haven’t reached out to me, not one time. I haven’t heard from them, not one time. I don’t know what’s going on. Let’s go. I thought they wanted to fight?,” Hunter said.