Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte - Fight Preview

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Fabio Wardley vs Eric Molina

Unbeaten in 10 professional bouts to date, Fabio Wardley is slowly building up a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in the heavyweight division after accumulating nine stoppage victories from those 10 fights.

With no real amateur background, Wardley kicked off his pro career with his only points victory to date over Jacub Wojcik back in 2017, but after nine consecutive stoppage wins with the East Anglian yet to go past six rounds, he's on a real upward spiral under the guidance of Dillian Whyte and Eddie Hearn.

Molina, meanwhile, is much more well known on the world circuit. He didn't get off to the best of starts as a pro suffering a KO loss on debut but after 23 victories from his next 24 fights, he fought Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title in a fight in which he suffered a stoppage loss in the ninth round. Molina then went on to fight Anthony Joshua for the IBF world title, where he was again stopped and since then, he's lost three of his last seven fights, all by stoppage.

It's a good sort of step up for Wardley this, but it's a step up he should deal with fairly easily. He's clearly got a lot of natural power and more or less every time Molina has come up against someone with power, the American has been stopped and we can't see that trend taking a different direction this weekend.

Expect Fabio to be patient early on in the fight and wait for the openings to come but once he's figured the much more experienced Molina out, expect him to get him out of there pretty emphatically.

Prediction: Fabio Wardley to win in rounds 1-6

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DILLIAN WHYTE TO WIN IN ROUNDS 1-6 & STIPE MIOCIC TO WIN BY DECISION @ 18/1

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Ted Cheeseman vs JJ Metcalf

Ted Cheeseman has been the much more publicised fighter having fought numerous times on big shows on Sky, whereas Metcalf has gone under the radar a fair bit despite being promoted by Frank Warren.

Cheeseman won this title back in 2018 against Asinia Byfield but after a defeat to Sergio Garcia followed by a draw to Kieran Conway, "The Big Cheese" lost it to Scott Fitzgerald in a fight that could have really gone either way. He did then though bounce back in a fight of the year contender against Sam Eggington last time out and he'll be looking to build on that by reclaiming the title he lost against Scott Fitzgerald against scouser JJ Metcalf.

With 21 wins from 21 fights, Metcalf is arguably one of British boxings best-kept secrets. Son of former super lightweight world champion, Shea Neary, he's served a fairly long boxing apprenticeship with his first major test to date coming in his 19th bout where he fought Jason Welborn for the Commonwealth title. In a typically strong, energetic and exciting performance that has become the norm in Metcalf's fights, he picked up an eight-round stoppage to stamp his mark on the 154lbs division.

It would be an understatement to say this fight could really go either way. Both like to come forward, both are tough, both can punch and both have an engine. It's literally got war written all over it. You could make a case that we've seen the best of Cheeseman, whereas we by no means have seen anywhere near the best of Metcalf.

At some point in the fight, one of the two will have to take a step back and when they do, the other fighter will have to capitalise on that.

It's too tough of a fight to predict but if we had to, we'd back Metcalf to just edge it.

Prediction: Fight To Go The Distance - Best priced 4/7 at Bet365

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POVETKIN TO BE KNOCKED DOWN 2+ TIMES, WHYTE TO WIN BY KO/TKO IN ROUNDS 1-6 @ 4/1

Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte

After being dropped twice in the fourth round of the first fight, the writing was on the wall for Povetkin in the fifth, with it looking like a matter of time until Whyte got him out of there. However, that writing clearly wasn't in Russian and against the odds, as the 2004 Olympic gold medalist produced a shot from the gods to knock Whyte outcold in the fifth round in what was one of if not the knockout of the year.

Whyte, to his credit, was quick to praise Povetkin after the fight and acknowledge the loss. However, within days, he was already calling for a rematch and despite not getting his wish in November or January when the rematch was originally scheduled for, he gets it now.

The way this fight goes solely depends on Whyte. He's been caught with that uppercut which KO'd him three times now. Firstly in the Joshua loss, then in his defeat of Joseph Parker and then last time out against Povetkin, so it's clearly a weakness of his.

However, bar that split second of losing focus, he was more than dominant in the first fight. He was controlling Povetkin with his jab and at times making the Russian fall over his front foot when looking for the one-punch KO.

Whyte needs to be switched on, and he needs to be focused and ultimately. The Brit must to do everything he did in the first four rounds of the first fight then not get caught by that same uppercut.

The heavyweight challenger has more than likely been drilling on how to not get caught by that shot for the past six months and if he can box to his original game plan, he should win this fairly easily and rather emphatically.

Another thing that works in Whyte's favour in the rematch is Povetkin's problems with COVID. The Russian was hospitalised for nearly a month with the virus so for him to be the same after that will take some doing, and even if he is, going off the first fight, he's really only got a punchers chance but one thing you cannot afford to do with Povetkin is write him off. However, age has started to look like it's catching up with him in his more recent performances.

We're backing Whyte to make amends for his mistake in the first fight and get a big stoppage victory over Povetkin to throw him right back into world title contention.

Prediction: Dillian Whyte to win by KO/TKO/DQ - Best priced 8/11 @ Boylesports

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