There has been a number of substories to have been provided with the upcoming Dillian Whyte and Alexander 2, with many questioning whether the match is coming too soon, or if the Brit can overcome the Russian.
Indeed, the pair fought in a top heavyweight contest back in the summer, which saw the Russian come out on top.
They will now go head-to-head on November 21, 2020, as the pair look to continue in their pursuit to go on to challenge Tyson Fury for the biggest prizes in the heavyweight division.
Povetkin managed to overcome Whyte in their first meeting in the summer, however the outcome could have been so different.
The Russian was knocked down to the canvas twice, however he managed to continue to get back to his feet. Povetkin would have been behind on points at the time as well, however he somehow managed to knock Whyte out cold in the fifth round as the fight stopped suddenly.
Whyte appeared to be controlling the contest through the first four rounds, however one strike from Povektin caught his opponent off guard and floored him; something bettors who were using the 2 would likely have found difficult to predict at the time!
Having won the fight, Povetkin became the WBC mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury's world championship and will defend that status in the rematch with Whyte.
Is this rematch too early?
As mentioned, there will be some concern that Whyte vs Povetkin 2 has come far too early. Usually, there is a rather long period of time between rematches as boxers look to recover and tune their approach as they may have certain things they need to tweak.
However, there could be an argument that by rushing this contest through could be beneficial for each of the competitors, though.
From the point-of-view of Whyte, the Briton could look to take confidence from the fact that he managed to control the previous contest for much of the bout, despite being knocked out.
Whyte managed to put Povetkin on the canvas a couple of times in one contest – something not many individuals have managed to do too often – and will know that he has the ability to do it again. Indeed, there may be doubts about what it will take to keep the Russian down for the count, but he will be confident in his own punching ability.
Povetkin could benefit
Whilst Povetkin may not want to take on this fight once again – especially so soon considering the beating he took – however it could benefit him hugely in his own quest to compete against Fury.
The Russian could use the upcoming contest as a tune-up match to test himself once again and use the match as a way to iron out any of the problems that he had in their previous contest and provide him with a finished article.
Who will win?
With the position to become the mandatory challenge for Tyson Fury’s WBC Championship belt back on the line, both men will have more than enough of a reason to record a victory. Whyte arguably has more on the line as he continues to be dodged by some of the best heavyweights and a victory would then make it near-impossible for him to be ignored any further.
However, Povetkin will know what he needs to do in order to counter the Brit’s powerful hands, and with the prospect of keeping his status as the challenger, it may provide him with enough motivation to see out this contest once again.