In recent times the boxing world has developed somewhat of an aversion to a loss on a record. However, it's important to remember that there once was a time when a loss meant nothing. In boxing, when you consistently fight the best, losses are inevitable. Take Muhammad Ali - widely considered the greatest heavyweight of all time despite having a couple of L's on his record.
Whyte has lost twice now - once to the current IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion, Anthony Joshua, and once of course, to Povetkin - both fighters of such calibre that a loss by no means suggests that Whyte doesn't belong at the top of the division. Take a closer look at his record and you'll also see wins over Joseph Parker, Derek Chisora, and Oscar Rivas.
The loss undoubtedly is a huge setback for Whyte, but given how he was dealing Povetkin before the KO, the boxing world shouldn't be too harsh on him. This is heavyweight Boxing after all, where one punch can change everything.
Whyte can absolutely come back from the loss and quickly work his back into title contention. The key will be in finding the right mind-set and given what Whyte has already overcome in his life, we expect that won't be a problem for the big man from Brixton.
Immediately after the dramatic end to the Fight Camp series, Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports that the first thing Dillian Whyte said to him was 'Get me that rematch', but is an immediate rematch really the best option for Whyte?
Dillian is a proud man and a true fighter - he'll be desperate to both regain his position as mandatory and to level the score with Povetkin - but history tells us that immediate rematches often end in the same result.
Whyte is a man with very little amateur experience who has been learning on the job throughout his pro career against some of the divisions most avoided fighters. He has nothing to prove and at only 32 (which is relatively young for a heavyweight) he still has plenty of time to get that title shot.
Personally, I'd like to see Whyte forget about winning a title for a while, forget about Povetkin, forget about fighting the very best in the division and just take a few fights at the level of a Dominic Breazeale or an Adam Kownacki. If he does that, he'll quickly find himself banging on the door of the champions once more. The Povetkin rematch certainly isn't his only route back to the top.
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