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Whyte endured only a second career loss after suffering a brutal fifth-round KO in the heavyweight clash at Fight Camp on Saturday night.
It had looked like plain sailing for the Brit after he had controlled the first four rounds, even knocking down Povetkin on two separate occasions.
But 30 seconds into the fifth round it was over in an instance as Whyte was himself sent crashing to the canvas after a huge uppercut, where the fight was instantly waved off.
Whyte would have had a mandatory shot at Fury’s WBC heavyweight title enforced if he defeated Povetkin, but this has now been majorly jeopardised.
Soon after the fight, Fury posted a cheeky tweet which sarcastically congratulated Whyte’s opponent, referencing his age.
Many thought Povetkin’s career was almost over, but at 40 years of age, he showed once again what damage he can still cause.
Fury simply tweeted: “40 & proud”, with an image of Povetkin underneath.
Fury is next expected to meet Deontay Wilder in a third WBC title fight before potentially setting a blockbuster clash with Anthony Joshua.
Ahead of Whyte’s fight on Saturday night, Fury had been tipped by former cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson to vacate his WBC belt in a bid to make sure his fight with Joshua got over the line.
He said: “I personally think – and I don’t mind if I’m wrong – I can personally see Fury giving up the belt and Dillian fighting somebody else for it.
“Vacating it, because Fury will have other, if not better options, but again there is just something telling me that I can see him vacating the belt.”
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Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren has already admitted the unbeaten heavyweight could lose the belt, if it meant fighting Joshua.
Despite the defeat, all is not yet lost for Whyte, who had a rematch clause with Povetkin inserted into his fight contract.
Povetkin inherits Whyte’s status as the mandatory challenger to the WBC title, but this will not necessarily be enforced in the immediate future.