(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Eddie Hearn believes a second defeat for Dillian Whyte against Alexander Povetkin would be ‘catastrophic’ for his career – but says he has rediscovered his spiteful streak ahead of their rematch in Gibraltar on Saturday.
Whyte was knocked out cold in the fifth round of their first fight in Hearn’s back garden in August, which followed a week spent living adjacent to Povetkin on the confined grounds of a Holiday Inn in Brentwood.
Whyte has specifically requested that he and the Russian were separated ahead of this second clash, so while the Londoner is living on a five-star yacht hotel, Povetkin is finalising his preparations on land.
It is an indicator of Whyte’s returning ‘nastiness’, according to Hearn, with Whyte needing to win this fight to regain his place as the WBC’s mandatory challenger.
‘If Dillian loses then his world title dreams could be over forever. That’s a big if but if he does lose then he will not get a title shot in 2021 or even 2022. Another loss is catastrophic, because it’s back-to-back defeats. But I think it is good pressure to say, “If I lose, I am f*****”‘, Hearn said.