Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn have given their honest verdicts ahead of Saturday night’s heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin
Whyte will battle Alexander Povetkin to give himself a chance for a mandatory fight for Tyson Fury’s WBC belt in early 2021.
The Brit is the heavy favourite to beat Povetkin tonight and line-up a world title shot.
But both Joshua and Hearn don’t think it will be as straight forward for Whyte as many people think.
“I know that AJ rates Dillian Whyte very highly, I know that Dillian Whyte rates AJ very highly, but they’ll always be that fizz between them,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think AJ is the kind of guy to hope that Dillian Whyte will lose on Saturday. He actually, I think, believes that Alexander Povetkin will win on Saturday. I had a conversation with him the other day.
“This is a massive banana skin fight for Dillian Whyte. I don’t think Tyson Fury really feels too deeply about it, but of course in boxing, there’s so much bitterness.”
Meanwhile, Joshua knows all about Povetkin having handed him only his second career loss less than two years ago at Wembley Stadium.
And the two-time unified heavyweight champion is anticipating a gruelling battle for both men.
“Everyone has issues in training, if he [Whyte] trained right, he will come through,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“He is a fighter, Dillian. But Povetkin is a seriously skilled heavyweight – an Olympic gold medallist, a world champion whose only losses were against [Wladimir] Klitschko and me.
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“He’s good, a good fighter who hasn’t been on the losing end much so hasn’t got used to that feeling.
“He still has the hunger and will go in against Dillian thinking he can win.
“It will go to a points decision.”