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Heavyweight Review

Posted on September 01 2020

Heavyweight Review

Behemoth Boxing: A Heavyweight Review

Matchroom Boxing and Queensberry promotions have topped their bills with heavyweight star power over the course of these last two weekends.

First was Matchroom’s card headlined by Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin that displayed what might be the knockout of the year. Whyte, a behemoth himself standing at 6’4 and weighing 18 stone, was put on the end of a soul-snatching uppercut from his Russian adversary. Despite scoring two knockdowns in the fourth round, the ‘Bodysnatcher’ got dropped as did his hopes of a shot at Tyson Fury’s WBC belt next year. This shock loss now delays Whyte getting that title chance as he now eyes a rematch with Olympic gold-medallist Povetkin to try and regain his number one ranked position that he sat in for three years.

Some felt sorry that the Jamaican born didn’t reap the rewards of taking such a risky fight with the ‘White Lion’. Unified champion Anthony Joshua even felt so much sympathy to offer out his London-based rival for a future rematch after their last encounter as British contenders in 2015. Joshua gave Whyte a public message saying “Dillian, if you want that world title shot and I haven’t got any obligations, then come and get this work”. Although another fight between the pair who have been fueding since amateur days would be a great spectacle, considering both boxer’s vast improvements since they last locked horns, it is quite impractical for Whyte to go this route as Joshua does have obligations.

Everybody wants a piece of the top dog in boxing, and mandatory positions ensure that some do get a piece. This is a slight pain in the neck for Joshua when he holds four belts therefore has numerous mandatories believing they are next in line. AJ has a contracted fight with Kubrat Pulev which was meant to be scheduled for this year, there is also former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk who is making noise as the WBO mandatory since his move up to heavyweight. Not to mention the Superfight showdown every boxing fan is calling for between the Watford boxer and the ‘Gypsy King’ Fury.

With all this on Joshua’s plate, one can only wonder where he would find enough space for Whyte.  

Attracting attention with every punch is British heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois who demonstrated his power yet again with a knockout victory against Ricardo Snijders in round two. Unlike Whyte in the previous week, ‘DDD’ maintained his momentum after scoring three knockdowns in the first to get his Dutch opponent out in the second with the fourth and final knockdown.

A one-sided affair where the young Behemoth Dubois prevailed yet again and is now prepared to finish business with fellow Frank Warren signed, Olympic silver-medallist Joe Joyce. Both won their tune-up fights convincingly and now will be looking to go to war in a British battle in the near future. Before the global pandemic hit, they were scheduled to slug it out in April so there’s been a lot of anticipation going into this one from both parties. The winner might also jump on Joshua or Fury’s waiting list too as a victory would catapult them up the ranking systems.

We have been treated to some electrifying clashes since boxing’s return especially in the unlimited weight division, and the amount of top tier talent shows that we will be treated to even more very soon.

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