Alexander Povetkin will inflict a repeat knockout on Dillian Whyte of their rematch because the Russian “at all times will get to his man”, says former opponent Michael Hunter.
The American felt Povetkin’s brutal energy when he battled to a attract 2019, however has raised doubts about whether or not Whyte can face up to the previous WBA champion in Saturday’s heavyweight combat, stay on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
Whyte has vowed to avenge his beautiful stoppage by Povetkin final summer season after they reignite their rivalry at Europa Level in Gibraltar.
However Hunter informed Sky Sports activities: “I believe that it may be a repeat. It should be similar to the primary combat.
“Povetkin at all times will get to his man sooner or later and Dillian Whyte at all times will get hit sooner or later in all of his fights, so I believe it may be a really comparable end result.
“It may go both manner, however I simply suppose the expertise [of Povetkin] goes to outweigh Whyte’s youth and abilities.”
The British contender floored Povetkin twice within the fourth spherical, solely to be knocked out by an enormous uppercut within the fifth, and Hunter has questioned Whyte’s punch resistance and reactions.
“I believe I’ve a greater chin than Dillian Whyte for positive and I believe I’ve a greater eye,” mentioned Hunter.
That is what is just a little bit completely different with me. It is very onerous to hit with me punches that I do not see.
“I actually do not get caught too flush and I see it. I do not suppose that Dillian Whyte, when he bought hit, he didn’t see that punch.
“That is what is just a little bit completely different with me. It is very onerous to hit me with punches that I do not see.
“I believe the identical factor may occur. He may get knocked out.”
Hunter has been ordered to face Filip Hrgovic in a closing eliminator for the IBF title, which is presently held by unified champion Anthony Joshua.
However the Croatian, who’s co-promoted by Eddie Hearn and Kalle Sauerland, is but to progress talks for a combat.
Requested a few potential date and venue, Hunter mentioned: “No, we do not. I want we did.
“They have not reached out to me, not one time. I have not heard from them, not one time. I do not know what is going on on.
“Let’s go. I assumed they needed to combat?”
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