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Povetkin KO's Whyte; Taylor Edges Out Persoon in Rematch

In what was a wild heavyweight slug fest former world champion Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) of Russia scored a fifth round knockout over WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) of England on Saturday night at Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, England live on DAZN.

Whyte dropped Povetkin twice in round four as he appeared on his way to a stoppage. In round five, Povetkin connected with a huge left uppercut that knocked Whyte out cold. Time was :30. With the win Povetkin wins the WBC interim and diamond title.

Povetkin looks to fight the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder third match.

Taylor Wins Rematch

Undisputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO female lightweight champion Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) took a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Delfine Persoon (44-3, 18 KOs) in the rematch. Taylor won a controversial majority decision over Person last year, and this fight just like the first. Perssoon, was relentless with pressure, Taylor boxed well and mixed it in route to a decision as the judges scored the bout 98-93, 96-94, 96-94.

Other Results

Unbeaten welterweight Chris Kongo 12-0, 7 KOs) punished Luther Clay (13-2, 5 KOs) air fight long, then got a KO win in round nine.

Unbeaten heavyweight Alen Babic (4-0, 4 KOs) demolished Chicago’s Shawndell Winters (13-4, 12 KOs) in two rounds. Babic floored Winters in round one, then finished him with another knockdown in round two.

Super middleweights Jack Cullen (18-2-1, 9 KOs) and Zak Chelli (7-1-1, 3 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. Scores were 97-93 for Chelli, 96-95 for Cullen and 95-95.

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