Veteran boxer Alexander Povetkin has set the internet alight, with a vicious knockout victory against Dillian Whyte in their heavyweight showdown.
Whyte’s reign as the WBC’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight ended in spectacular fashion as the British fighter fell victim to what many are describing as the "KO of the year".
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Povetkin was dominated by Whyte in the opening rounds and nearly lost the fight in the fourth but the 40-year-old veteran turned the contest on its head with a moment of magic.
Whyte was left seeing stars just 30 seconds into the fifth round when the Russian landed a vicious left uppercut that sent the Brit crashing to the canvas.
The stunning knockout blow left Whyte down for the count, leaving viewers in absolute awe of the extraordinary finish to the fight.
After being knocked down TWICE by Whyte.— Syed 🇹🇳 🇲🇦 (@Tvvittergod1) August 22, 2020
Alexander Povetkin KO's Dillian Whyte with a sweet uppercut. WOW! That punch came out of nowhere 😱🥊 #WhytePovetkin #Boxing #PovetkinWhyte pic.twitter.com/AdwZzvja9Z
Wow beautiful slip and uppercut. Povetkin was down bad on scorecards and was knocked down twice. Then came this KO. pic.twitter.com/yYfZlFJOob— Boxing Socialist (@boxingsocialist) August 22, 2020
Just caught up on Povetkin-Whyte. Can't see anything challenging that for KO of the year. The setup, the technique, the brutality -- brilliance in the most abrupt fashion.— British Boxing News (@BritBoxingNews) August 23, 2020
Povetkin with the filthy uppercut 😬🤭— lil mike (@gerrybblock) August 22, 2020
That’s KO of the year by the way, and it won’t be topped.— Team Povetkin (@RaderechtBoxing) August 22, 2020
Dillian Whyte looks like a right tit after that... but how he’s not had a title fight even before this is beyond me. KO of the year by Povetkin 😱— Lewis (C) 🏆 (@LewisLUFC1919) August 22, 2020
That’s a filthy KO from Povetkin though 🥵— Reeno (@JamesReene) August 22, 2020
What a devastating knockout from Alexander Povetkin tonight, flooring Dillan Whyte in the fifth round. An astonishing result for the veteran 40 year-old!— Josh Slack (@JoshSlackSport) August 22, 2020
Watching that KO again ..... that uppercut from Povetkin was a thing of beauty— Mr TakeNote (@ThatsMeFlawless) August 23, 2020
Absolutely devastating knockout from Povetkin! Whyte must feel gutted! #WhytePovetkin— TamXO | Anime Junkie (@NoExpectation1) August 22, 2020
Mad KO by Povetkin! That shimmy and uppercut was indescribable. The division of heavyweight boxing is the finest in my lifetime. Incredible sport 🥊— Neil Robins (@neilarobins) August 23, 2020
This is why heavyweight boxing is one of the best sports in the world. Povetkin was down and out, floored twice, hadn't landed a punch, can't have had more than a round left in him and he lands one of the most devastating KO's in the heavyweight division over the last few years— Benjamin (@screwlabour) August 22, 2020
On replay from close up camera angle you get to see just how devastating it was. Perfect uppercut. Povetkin is one dangerous beast, still. At 40. He’s still got both the power and the speed. And he’s so well schooled. Dillian needed to keep it long range. Inside is Pov’s game.— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley565) August 22, 2020
"I didn't feel that I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round," Povetkin said after the fight.
"Yes, I went down twice, but it wasn't too much damage ... I was watching his fights and took into account that he missed the uppercut from the left and the right. So I trained for just those shots."
Povetkin, who will turn 41 next month, now boasts an impressive 36-2-1 record.
The loss marked Whyte’s first since he fell to Anthony Joshua via TKO back in 2015. He had won 11 straight times since then, with his last win coming against Mariusz Wach in December.
Whyte, who held the WBC’s interim heavyweight title for more than three years, has already triggered the rematch clause and hopes to fight Povetkin again in December, he said following the match.
"We have a rematch clause," Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said, via CBS Sports.
"The first thing Dillian said was, 'Give me that rematch. Give me that rematch.' It was a heavy knockout, so he'll have to recover.
"We will execute that rematch clause. He will rematch Alexander Povetkin and I believe he can beat him and bring his No. 1 position back to life.
"Tonight, this is the ups and downs of boxing."
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