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Dillian Whyte was not caught by a ‘lucky punch’ from Alexander Povetkin, who had hit Derek Chisora with the same brutal uppercut in sparring, says David Haye. The British heavyweight rivals are preparing for career-changing fights as Chisora collides with Oleksandr Usyk on October 31.
Meanwhile, Whyte battles Povetkin in a rematch on November 21, both live on Sky Sports Box Office. Chisora has sparred with Povetkin in the past and was not surprised that he delivered a fight-ending uppercut on Whyte, says manager Haye.
Haye told Sky Sports: “It’s a very dangerous fight and it’s a fight that I think Dillian doesn’t want to accept it was nothing other than a lucky punch. He thought, ‘I was winning the fight’, which he was, ‘I had him knocked down twice in the fourth round and I was winning the fifth round until I got hit by one shot and that was it’. Anything can happen in boxing, it happens in the heavyweight division.
“I don’t think that’s the mindset you need. You can’t say, ‘You won because it was an anomaly’. That left uppercut that he threw knocked out Carlos Takam, in a very even fight, in a very good toe-to-toe fight.
“It’s a shot that he throws regularly. Derek was telling me when he sparred with him, he was getting hit with that shot, so it’s one of his shots, and to get hit with someone’s best shot isn’t very lucky is it.
“The guy has got a big shot. It’s like getting caught with Dillian Whyte’s left hook. You know it’s there if you can practise to go under it, if you throw your right hook to the body or not, or you can stand up and get knocked out.”