Whyte Beefs Up Training Team For Povetkin Rematch, Adds Former Lennox Lewis Coach

Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is not taking any chances when it comes to the rematch with Alexander Povetkin, which is scheduled for March 6.

Back in August at Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood, Whyte was brutally knocked out by Povetkin in five rounds.

The victory gave Povtekin the WBC’s interim-title and placed him in line for a future world title shot.

Whyte exercised an immediate rematch clause, with two scheduled dates – in November and January – being postponed as Povetkin was recovering from COVID-19.

Whyte has made an addition to his training team, adding Harold ‘The Shadow’ Knight, a former co-trainer for former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Leading up to the first bout with Povetkin, it was revealed that Whyte shockingly parted ways with longtime trainer Mark Tibbs. He then hired Xavier Miller as head trainer. 

Knight was at Whyte’s camp in October, joining Miller, to help Whyte prepare for the prior rematch date in November.

Whyte was impressed with his teachings and decided to bring him on board with the training team.

“A world title challenger, a great fighter, and he worked closely with Lennox Lewis throughout his career as well, so Harold knows his way around heavyweight boxing and he’s a great addition,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“He’s very vocal, he keeps pushing you, and he works very well together with Xavier Miller. Harold is a very important piece of the puzzle, from a technical point of view, and from an experience point of view.

“He has followed my career from afar and I’m very happy to have him up close, in my corner. He’s someone that had been studying me and liked my style. He was happy to join the camp and has fitted straight in.”