Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the CMB, he assured that Alexander Povetkin he was not physically fit to return to the ring, after he fell in the rematch by knockout against Dillian whyte in four rounds.
“He is a true warrior, he has a big heart,” he said. Sulaiman to Igor Lazorin. “But I think I was not ready for a rematch with Whyte, perhaps for medical reasons after having dealt with an illness ”.
Povetkin suffered severe punishment from Whyte in the fourth inning, which culminated with a left hook that sent the Russian straight to the mat. Although the referee gave him the count, he saw Alexander and stopped the fight, at the same time that his corner threw in the towel.
The rematch was originally scheduled for late November 2020, but was postponed following the positive of Povetkin by coronavirus. Several reports indicated that the Russian suffered from the disease, was hospitalized and lost a lot of weight.
With a late recovery, the fight was again postponed from January to the end of March 2021. However, the result of the fight invited Mauricio Sulaiman to get excited about the closing of a trilogy after distributing victories by KO in both corners.
“It would be logical to go looking for a trilogy” considered the president of the CMB. “Two knockouts and so much show in these two fights has been incredible.”
However, this looks complicated as Whyte aims to aim higher at the owners of the complete belts and the team of Povetkin he finally wants the 41-year-old to retire.
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– Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) March 27, 2021