Now for the main event with the men who possess the two biggest left hooks in heavyweight boxing, as Dillian Whyte finally takes on Alexander Povetkin.
This will be the seventh time Whyte has fought since he was installed as mandatory for the WBC title; this accounts to over 1,000 days without getting a crack at the world title.
In that period he's claimed brutal stoppage wins over Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora along with points victories over the likes of Joseph Parker and Oscar Rivas. Whyte did, however, nearly come unstuck in his last bout against Mariusz Wach, in what looked an easy fight on paper. Although, an out of shape Whyte just wasn't himself and despite the scorecards turning in his favour, the Brit had to come through plenty of adversity to get the win.
Povetkin has been one of the most consistent heavyweights on the circuit at this level for many years. The Bulgarian fought for unified titles on two occasions getting beat by Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and then most notably by Anthony Joshua in 2018- they are the only blemishes on his record in which he has stopped 24 of his 35 victims to date.
Povetkin is renowned for starting slow and the 40-year-old showed in almost every one of his nine elite-level fights to date, and we expect no different from him here. Whyte will understand this and he will more than likely put it on Povetkin from the off and hope to make a bit of a statement. Plus, both fighters have shown they can be hurt badly as both have losses on their records at the hands of a ruthless Joshua.
For this one, Whyte needs to be calculated, similar to the way he was in the Chisora rematch. The Londoner was well behind in that fight on points but bided his time and got an emphatic stoppage victory. We expect him to come out fast in the first couple of rounds and if Povetkin is still there, take his foot off the gas and start to break him down mid-rounds then look to get the stoppage in the latter rounds. No matter what happens though, it's almost guaranteed that this fight will live up to the hype.
Prediction: Dillian Whyte to win by KO/TKO/DQ (11/10 @ SkyBet)