Dillian Whyte only focused on ‘dangerous’ Alexander Povetkin, not WBC champion Tyson Fury

Dillian Whyte only focused on 'dangerous' Alexander Povetkin, not WBC champion Tyson Fury

Alexander Povetkin’s pedigree approach the Russian may not be underestimated by way of Dillian Whyte on May 2 in Manchester

Dillian Whyte has no aim of taking a look past Alexander Povetkin as he patiently waits for his shot on the WBC heavyweight name.

Whyte is the necessary challenger to Tyson Fury however must wait for his flip, the reigning champion as an alternative set to stand Deontay Wilder for a 3rd time later this yr.

His standing on the head of the queue will probably be at the line when the 31-year-old defends the governing frame’s period in-between belt in opposition to skilled Russian Povetkin in Manchester on May 2.

It is a calculated gamble from Whyte, as he said at a press convention on Wednesday, however, he’s simplest excited by his subsequent foe, relatively than possible combat with Fury additional down the road.

“I know all this stuff is floating around in the background, but Povetkin is a dangerous guy. You can never afford to overlook him,” he advised the media.

“I’m now not occupied with Tyson Fury and what is occurring with him. I’m simply occupied with Alexander Povetkin.

“He [Povetkin] goes to need to come and combat, depart all of it at the line. That’s in his DNA. We are very identical in that mindset, we can come and provides it our all.

“We will see what happens. On May 3, we can chat about Tyson Fury. For now, I put that on the back burner and just focus on Alexander Povetkin for the next eight weeks.”

Povetkin is a former Olympic gold medallist who has simplest misplaced two times as a professional, the ones defeat coming in opposition to Wladimir Klitschko – when he went the space – and Anthony Joshua.

White can’t lean on such studies within the ring, leaving him to be told at the process, however, nonetheless believes he can beat any person within the department – supplied he remains in form.

“This is about learning for me, I’m fighting these guys and learning,” Whyte – whose simplest blemish in 28 fights got here in opposition to Joshua in 2015 – mentioned.

“He’s been in the course of the mill and noticed each taste, confronted each taste. I haven’t. I’m finding out at the process, in on the deep finish and swimming.

“Listen, I believe I beat them all anyway. I’ve just got to be in shape. As long as I leave the cakes alone, I’m good.”