Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin rematch set for November 21

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Dillian Whyte will have an immediate chance to avenge his defeat by Alexander Povetkin after their rematch was confirmed for November 21.

The second installment of their heavyweight rivalry will take place at a venue yet to be announced.

Whyte went into his first meeting with Povetkin knowing victory would secure a shot at Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder.

But having waited more than 1,000 days for his shot at a world title, Whyte’s dream went up in smoke.

The Brit dropped Povetkin twice in the third round and looked set for an early victory before disaster struck in the next round.

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Whyte said: “I’m over the moon to have the rematch. As soon as I got out of the ring, I was looking for confirmation that the fight would be on. I can’t wait to get back in the ring and get back what is rightfully mine. I’m looking to do what I said I would the first time and that’s beat Alexander Povetkin.

“There won’t be any major adjustments, but I just need to be more switched on and not get distracted. He was able to use his experience against me. I will be a lot more focused and sharper in the rematch. I’m coming to win and knock him out. I’m coming to even the score and the only way to do that is by knocking him out.”

Povetkin, meanwhile, promised a repeat performance.

He said: “I’ve rested well, spent time with my family, and now that the date of the rematch is known, I will soon return to my training camp and prepare as thoroughly as I did for the first fight.

“As I said before the first fight and after it too, Dillian Whyte is a good, strong boxer. I will be ready to enter the ring on November 21. I hope it will be another beautiful fight for the fans.”

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