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Povetkin vs. Whyte 2 odds: Will lightning strike twice this Saturday?

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It is finally upon us!

After several delays and postponements, the long awaited rematch between Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte is here!
 
Their first highly anticipated 2020 meeting resulted in high drama and a resounding knock-out of the year, and the return bout is expected to deliver more of the same.  
 
But which fighter will dispatch the dreaded "coup de grace" this time around?
 
Surprisingly, the heavyweight who was put to sleep in the first meeting is Saturday's Povetkin vs Whyte 2 odds favorite.
 
What?
 
Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KO's) is currently listed as a 3 1/2 to 1 (-345) betting favorite, while the current interim WBC Heavyweight title holder, Alexander "Sasha" Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KO's), will enter the ring as a very live betting underdog with 2 1/2 to 1 (+240) odds.
 
Why?
 
Although the former Olympic gold medalist won the first bout by way of decisive and dramatic knock-out, Povetkin will enter the ring at age 41.  Despite being one of the most decorated heavyweights in amateur boxing history, Sasha is considered to be golfing on the back nine and well past his prime.  And while only losing two bouts to heavyweight titans Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua during his 16 year professional career, most fight experts believe the proud Russian won't have "the legs" to survive Whyte's consistent barrage of punches for twelve hard rounds.
 
Are the gambling experts right this time?
 
Even though handicappers are correct in their assessment 85% of the time on average, they were dead wrong leading into the first contest.
 
Heading into their first meeting, Alexander Povetkin was listed as a 3 to 1 (+300) betting underdog, and Dillian Whyte was cited to be a 4 to 1 (-400) betting favorite.
 
So what happened?
 
After surviving two knockdowns over four rounds of heavy action, Alexander masterfully slipped a punch and delivered a massive left hook to the jaw of Dillian Whyte, instantly stopping the contest midway through the fifth and final round.  Povetkin delivered a compact, one-punch KO that seemingly shook the boxing world.
 
Although it would be insulting to describe Povetkin's perfectly placed shot as a "lucky punch", most ringside observers don't believe he can replicate the same result.
 
Why?
 
Regardless of age, Sasha is widely considered to be one of the most skilled Heavyweight fighters today.  Although Povetkin has only won 2 of his last 4 bouts, the elite level Russian still possesses mad power and can obviously end any fight with one clean shot.
 
So what gives?
 
Despite being put to sleep just seven months ago, Dillian Whyte is still considered by most to be one of the most physically durable heavyweights in the business, winning 11 consecutive bouts before his most recent loss.  At age 32, the British fan favorite has youth, speed, athleticism, and a great deal of mental toughness on his side.
 
The perennial toughman was dominating the action for four consecutive rounds until his momentary lapse of concentration in the fateful fifth.
 
As the Povetkin vs Whyte 2 odds suggest, most experts believe the Jamaican born puncher will finish the job this time.
 
Are they right?
 
Not so fast.
 
The last British heavyweight hopeful to come a cropper in a rematch against an aging heavyweight contender was former Olympian David Price.
 
At 15-0, Price challenged American fight veteran Tony "The Tiger" Thompson in what was expected to be a quality name on his resume and a perfunctory opponent for the promising young contender.  The US challenger was 36-3, with two devastating KO losses to Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.  Although the 41 year old American fighter was a massive underdog heading into the fight, Thompson was by far the more experienced combatant, and it showed during the fight.
 
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Tony KO'd Price in the second round of their first meeting, in what was largely considered to be a fluke performance.  So five months later, promoter Frank Maloney scheduled a rematch, expecting a much different result.  Thompson proved to all ringside experts that their first meeting wasn't a mistake, and brutally stopped Price again; this time in the fifth round.
 
Will Alexander Povetkin pull a "Tony Thompson" on the betting odds favorite this Saturday in Gibraltar?  Or will Dillian Whyte rectify the embarrassing KO loss and become the new interim WBC Heavyweight title holder?
 
Don't be surprised if lightning strikes twice in Gibraltar!!  At +245 odds, it's hard not to like the hard punching and more experienced fight veteran in this bout.  With a thunderous left hook and confidence in knowing that you've already KO'd your opponent with one clean shot, it may be wise to lay some long green on Alexander Povetkin!
 
FIGHTSAGA'S SEXY PICK:  ALEXANDER POVETKIN by KO at 8 to 1 odds (+800)
 
If he did it before, Sasha can surely do it again!  
 
Enjoy the Heavyweight main event on DAZN, Povetkin vs Whyte 2 this Saturday, March 27th, at 7PM GMT/3PM ET!
 
And please share your thoughts on the Whyte vs Povetkin 2 odds.

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