At the weekend, Dillian Whyte avenged his KO defeat to Alexander Povetkin, Lennox Clarke claimed the British & Commonwealth titles, and Zach Parker put on a destructive performance to keep his undefeated record intact.
The heavyweight rematch that everyone was waiting for had a disappointing climax. Whilst Whyte looked very good in stopping Alexander Povetkin in four rounds, the Russian showed unsteadiness from the opening bell. Punches thrown in the first round seemed to daze Povetkin, he was never able to recover, and in the fourth after being dropped twice by Whyte, the referee and the Russian’s corner had seen enough. Full credit should be given to Whyte, who simply beat the man in front of him, and showed a patient performance by not jumping on Povetkin in the first round. I’d like to see Povetkin retire after that performance, he showed his punch resistance has gone as well as his balance, many pointed out the potential of him not recovering properly from COVID-19, but I think his time at the top level of the sport is done. Whyte, on the other hand is back on track – his win over Povetkin will put him in an interesting place to wait for the winner of AJ-Fury. In the meantime, Eddie Hearn stated his interest in seeing the Brixton man face Deontay Wilder, in what he expects to be a “colossal” stadium clash. I like that fight, but I have to admit my eagerness to see Wilder return to the ring first. I’m still unsure of how he’s dealt with that sole loss to Tyson Fury, hopefully he can clear any doubt in my mind in the next few months, and a fight against Whyte can take place later this year.
Willy Hutchinson vs Lennox Clarke was hidden in the shadow of the huge Povetkin-Whyte 2 event, however loyal and committed fans like myself will have had two screens to watch the big British boxing upset. Hutchinson was caught and dropped by some beautiful shots from Lennox Clarke in the fifth round of their British and Commonwealth title contest, and the young Scotsman looked out of sorts as he rose from the canvas. Clarke, who was a sizeable underdog before the fight was seen by boxing purists as a step too far for Hutchinson. That proved to be true on Saturday night. The domestic scene at 168lbs has always been a small pool of talent, many fighters bypass or rush through it to European or World level, so Clarke may well do the same. However, I really like the Zach Parker fight for him and it seems realistic with both being under the Frank Warren banner, but I expect Parker’s sights will be elsewhere…
Speaking of the Derbyshire man, Zach Parker captured the attention of boxing fans with a second round stoppage of Vaughn Alexander. The 26-year-old from Derby was expected to come through this contest in relative ease, but the destructive fashion in which he did so, caught the eye. He’ll certainly want to push on from that performance with a big fight later this year, I’m sure his ambitions are to fight for a World title, but it seems a bit premature and ill-timing with Canelo-Saunders in May. I’ve always wanted to see Lerrone Richards and Zach Parker get it on in the ring, which stems back to when Parker was British champion some years ago. Now Richards is with Matchroom, I’m not sure when or if that happens. As stated previously, a fight between Clarke and Parker makes sense. Some might see that contest as a backwards step for Parker, but I think it’s a brilliant clash of styles which would purely entertain us, whilst both men harbour their future ambitions for the time being.
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