Dillian Whyte showed his class after knocking out Alexander Povetkin last night, fetching the old man a stool before squeezing water of his head.
There never really was any legitimate bad blood between these two parties. This fight had a strictly business feel to it, with both fighters needing to get the victory in order to earn themselves a title shot.
Whyte was the firm favourite in the first fight and even knocked Povetkin down twice before being caught with a huge left hand. You had to assume that he would not make the same mistake on Saturday night, and he didn’t – he was virtually flawless.
Not only was Whyte a class act in terms of his boxing last night, though. After the fight was halted, with the 32-year-old having landed some huge shots, opted against prioritising his celebrations, even though the win will have huge significance for his career.
Instead, Whyte fetched Povetkin a stool, stood with the Russian veteran in his corner to make sure he was okay, before squirting water over his head to cool him down. Is his classy – or a little patronising?
Dillian Whyte showing respect to his opponent Alexander Povetkin, getting him a stool and helping cool him down with water after the KO… pic.twitter.com/aDvC64N5dJ
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 28, 2021
Amazing sportsmanship from Dillian Whyte as he grabbed a stool for Alexander Povetkin following the KO. 👏👏
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) March 27, 2021