Ex-world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin has responded to Dillian Whyte labelling him a coward in a recent radio interview.
Speaking to Sirius XM Fight Nation co-host Randy Gordon, Whyte’s conversation turned to Povetkin, who the 30 year-old says backed out of facing him.
The chat went like this:
Randy: “We’re talking to Dylan White who is one of the top heavyweights on this planet.
“Dillian, if you don’t get Joshua. If you don’t get Wilder and if you don’t get Fury next. I realized that you should be in line for any one of them but who else would it be?
“Would it be somebody like Alexander Povetkin? Povetkin has actually called you out,” asked Gordon.
Dillian Whyte: “You know Povetkin the coward agreed to fight me. I heard so from David Price. He said yes. What the f***? – Are we gonna make the fight? Contact my promoter.
“I said sure. I spoke with him on it with his team at ringside (for the Price fight). And then they say yes, they are up for the fight.
“First they were going to wait. They were going to sit down and wait for the Joshua fight.”
"Povetkin's a coward." — @DillianWhyte responds to Alex Povetkin's desire to face him in April and says Povetkin once agreed to a fight before turning it down.@CommishRandyG @gerrycooney #boxing #WhyteChisora2 pic.twitter.com/16ZHQ1CWKt
— SiriusXM Boxing (@SiriusXMBoxing) December 29, 2018
In a comment released by promoters World of Boxing on Tuesday, Povetkin (📸 Lawrence Lustig) said: “Why on earth would Whyte call me a coward? I personally can’t understand!
“Everything is going according to a plan, I’m not going to (retire from) boxing. I’m getting ready for a fight and who will be my rival doesn’t matter to me.”
Povetkin replied to @DillianWhyte
🗣Why on earth would Whyte call me a coward? I personally can’t understand! – everything is going according to a plan, I’m not going to tie up with boxing – I’m getting ready for a fight and who will be my rival doesn’t matter to me. pic.twitter.com/mERdVrSvcv
— World of Boxing Rus (@worldofbox) January 8, 2019
Whyte also mentioned a possible fight with Dominic Breazeale, who is the current WBC mandatory challenger.
“You know I ain’t got no time whatsoever to fight Dominic Breazeale. He’s got a big (fleshy) body and one loss. The loss (to Joshua) is the only thing what he’s known in Britain.
“I need to know right about a fight with the big guys (Wilder, Fury and Joshua). It’s good for me to knock those big guys out (like Chisora) in front of the local people and the fans get excited about it. I know it’s bigger than any type of activity.
“If Povetkin is not dumb, then the fight is is going to be Povetkin (if not Joshua) because he’s a big guy. He looked the part and he’s strong and he’s tough. A very technical guy,” Whyte concluded.
The Londoner is awaiting news on a potential rematch with Anthony Joshua on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.