By News Team
20th August 2020
Matchroom Fight Camp’s grand finale will take place on Saturday, with Dillian Whyte set to face Alexander Povetkin for the WBC mandatory world title position, while Katie Taylor will face Delfine Persoon for the second time with a chance to put her doubters to rest.
Whyte and Povetkin the headline act
Much has been said of Dillian Whyte’s position as mandatory challenger in the WBC rankings, but last week it was finally confirmed by the governing body that Whyte will face the winner of Fury vs Wilder III, for a chance to win the WBC world heavyweight title.
One problem: he must beat Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night first, or relinquish the opportunity to his Russian opponent.
Whyte has been a force in the heavyweight division for some time, building up an 11-fight win streak since his defeat to Anthony Joshua in 2015, with victories against the likes of former world champion Joseph Parker, undefeated world prospect Oscar Rivas, and twice beating fellow British hard-hitter Dereck Chisora.
Arguably his toughest fight to date, Whyte will face a former Olympic and WBA (Regular) champion in Povetkin, who has lost just twice in his 15-year professional career, both times for the unified world heavyweight championship, against Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua.
Both fighters possess two of the best left hooks in division.
As it stands, Whyte is the 1/4 favourite to win the contest, having shown some solid boxing IQ and the ability to get the job done over 12 rounds in his last three fights, while Povetkin is priced at 3/1.
Whyte has also shown knockout power against some of the most durable opponents, knocking out Chisora in dramatic fashion in their second bout, and he was the first and last fighter to put down Parker in the New Zealander’s full professional career.
You can get Whyte to finish the fight by KO, TKO or DQ at the enhanced price of 6/4.
Katie Taylor to silence doubters?
There is no bigger star in women’s boxing than Katie Taylor, but on June 1st at Madison Square Garden last year, all that nearly changed in a heartbeat.
Delfine Persoon was her opponent that day. All four of the female lightweight world titles were on the line, with each of the two fighters holding two of the belts ahead of the bout – a bout which many thought Persoon won, in a hard-fought points victory.
Instead, Taylor was lucky to get the decision that day, but to her credit, she decided to voluntarily fight Persoon in the rematch on Saturday night, to settle the score once and for all.
The undisputed lightweight world championship is on the line again, and Taylor will have to be at her sparkling best to dominate Persoon, who herself is as tough as nails and will be hoping to fulfil a lifelong dream to become undisputed champion.
But with six stoppages in her 15 fight career, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Taylor to finsh Persoon by KO, TKO or DQ en route to victory on Saturday night.