Dillian Whyte admits his career will be on the line when he faces Alexander Povetkin in the Rumble on the Rock on Saturday.
Whyte’s world title hopes were derailed when he suffered a shock KO to Povetkin back in August and he lost his spot as the WBC’s No 1 challenger.
He will rematch against the former WBA heavyweight champ when they clash for the interim WBC belt in Gibraltar’s Europa Point Sports Complex and he knows he must win.
“This is the biggest fight of my career,” said Whyte. “This is a must-win fight for me. But I’m not a guy who worries about pressure. I just smile and take it in my stride.
“I’m coming off what happened last time. The good thing is, this is heavyweight boxing, one fight changes everything and we’ll see.
“This time when I beat him, we’ll see what people say. One, two, three losses mean nothing to a heavyweight nowadays. If you’re fighting good fighters, the main thing is you can come back.
“I’m a very adaptable kind of guy. I do whatever I need to do to get the win. If I have to rough a guy up or outbox a guy or knock a guy out, I’ll do whatever it takes to get a win.”
Whyte, 32, knows Saturday is all about winning and righting the wrong from August.
He was in control of the fight and had put Povetkin down twice in the fourth round before the Russian laid him out with a devastating left uppercut in the fifth to hand him only the second loss of his 29-fight pro career.
“I’m just worried about getting the win, I can look good in my next fight,” said the Body Snatcher.
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“The plan is to box well, but it’s a fight and you don’t know who you’re going to feel on the day or how the guy is going to come.
“I’m not worried about getting a career-best performance, I’m just worried about getting a win.”
The Gibraltar government is hosting the fight and a limited number of locals are allowed to attend, provided they have either been vaccinated or have had coronavirus recently and test negative on the day.
Whyte claims they will see him beat Povetkin and he said: “When I touch him this time, his whole body is going to vibrate.
“I’m coming to do what I do best, and that’s to inflict pain. If I’ve got to make it a dog fight, I’m going to make it a dog fight.
“Last time, I was boxing and fighting a bit. This time it’s going to be a different story, a real, real different story.”