WBC interim heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin will be better prepared for his November 21 rematch with Dillian Whyte, according to his Russian promoter Andrei Ryabinsky.
Just two months ago, Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) sent shockwaves rippling through the heavyweight division when he rose from two knockdowns to ice Whyte with a left uppercut in the fifth round.
That upset KO win derailed No.1 contender Whyte’s projected shot at WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury and put 41-year-old veteran Povetkin back in the title frame.
Whyte swiftly invoked the rematch clause and Ryabinksy says his man will be sharper in the return at the SSE Arena in Wembley, and ready for 12 hard rounds.
“I drew Alexander’s attention to the fact that he has to prepare with all of his might for the fight with Whyte. He promised that he will give his all during the preparation and he will come out in good shape for the fight,” Ryabinsky told the Russian media.
“Does he need to improve his defence? On the defensive side, it’s too late to [change his style of boxing], but because Alexander is an Olympic champion, when it comes to his technique, everything is in order.
“I would pay more attention to physical training. Right now, Alexander needs to pay special attention to physical training and practicing his skills, and sparring. He must be functionally ready to carry out all twelve rounds – in terms of the necessary physical conditions.”
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