Britain’s Dillian Whyte, the necessary challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight title, will face Alexander Povetkin in Manchester on 2 May.
Whyte has solely misplaced as soon as – to Anthony Joshua – in 28 fights, whereas Russian Povetkin is a former world champion.
“I’m not overlooking him. He will are available in form, he is powerful and really well-schooled,” stated Whyte, 31.
“I’ve acquired respect for him however I’m on to most violence, straight animal intuition.”
The bout at Manchester Arena might be Whyte’s second after having a cost for a doping violation dropped. He made his return to the ring in December by beating Poland’s Mariusz Wach on factors.
With Fury set for a 3rd bout towards American Deontay Wilder and Joshua confirmed to be defending his world titles towards Kubrat Pulev in London in June, Whyte is being made to attend for his alternative at one in all boxing’s prime prizes.
“Dillian Whyte sits as necessary challenger to Tyson Fury and whereas the wait is irritating, Dillian continues to take high-risk fights and that is why he’s such a followers’ favorite,” stated Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
“This is a heavyweight thriller and so essential to the panorama of the division.”
Povetkin, 40, has solely misplaced two of his 40 skilled fights, to Joshua and former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“I’m happy to struggle Whyte, it has lengthy been mentioned however did not occur for no matter motive,” stated Povetkin.
“Dillian is an effective sturdy boxer and it’ll make for an fascinating struggle. I’m not about massive bulletins, I’m about successful within the ring, and on 2 May folks will see a spectacular struggle.”