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By Jake Adkin   - @JakeAdkinSport

August 22nd saw one of the most vicious knockouts in Heavyweight Boxing history. With a slip and an uppercut, Alexander Povetkin, who was down on all cards and out of the fight for some, threw the greatest punch of his career and separated Dillian Whyte from his consciousness, sending the 252lbs man to the canvas. The referee waved the fight off immediately and Whyte was very sheepish in getting to his feet afterwards. 

Victory for the Russian meant he takes Whyte’s interim WBC Heavyweight title and the vacant WBC Diamond Heavyweight title. In a weird turn of events in the aftermath, promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned the existence of a rematch clause in the fight agreement between the two, and indicated the Brixton fighter will invoke this clause, with the fighter himself the very next morning suggesting the fight could be remade for before the end of the year. 

Rematch clauses for title eliminators are irregular anyway, but for Whyte to insist on fighting again within 3 months of being on the end of a monstrous knockout will be putting his health in jeopardy. Many medical professionals recommend closer to 6 months should be waited at least before fighting again but these recommendations don’t take into account other factors that would stand against Whyte in a rematch with Povetkin. 

Whyte split from trainer Mark Tibbs just a month before his fight with Povetkin, eventually settling with Xavier Miller as his lead trainer just weeks before his fight. The lack of calmness within the camp would have only had an adverse effect on Whyte’s performance and conditioning, weeks together isn’t even close enough to the time needed to be able to develop a game plan for a fight or even a training infrastructure between fighter and trainer. 

Brutally knocked out and likely nursing a concussion, still unfamiliar with his head coach and with the psychological burden that someone who has been knocked out faces when he rematches the man who knocked him out so badly, Dillian Whyte has all the cards stacked against him if he rematches Povetkin later this year. 

What would be far more beneficial would be to take a month off of boxing altogether to clear your head from potential injury, train and build a comradery between yourself and your trainer over a number of months and then enter camp to fight again would be a far more sensible course of action. But Whyte has proven with his schedule and boxing record that he isn’t scared of a challenge and dislikes putting himself on the shelf for long periods, but this mindset could well be one of the reasons his comeback might not go exactly to plan.