Dillian Whyte has spent the entirety of lockdown out in Portugal, training for Alexander Povetkin.
When it became apparent that the borders were about to shut back in early March, Whyte quickly jumped in his car and made it over to camp so he could adequately prepare for the fight.
Whyte is now back in supreme shape
He previously looked in poor condition for the Wach fight
The date was pushed back from May 2, to July 4, and is now all set to take place at Matchroom Fight Camp on Saturday night.
Before his last fight against Mariusz Wach, Whyte’s career was in turmoil with a UKAD case hanging over his head.
The bout was officially confirmed on three weeks’ notice and, when weigh-in day came, he hit the scales at a fleshy 271lbs (19st 5lbs).
On that same day, he was cleared of all wrongdoing by UKAD.
Whyte weighed in at 271lbs last December
In the fight itself, Whyte clearly underperformed but came away with a unanimous decision win regardless.
Now the situation is very different.
With no UKAD situation lingering and five months of continuous training under his belt, Whyte is ripped and ready for Povetkin.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ usually weighs in at between 245lbs-255lbs and we can expect to see a similar number on Friday.
Whyte beat Wach regardless
Whyte announced last month that he’s parted ways with long-time coach Mark Tibbs, with Xavier Miller later confirmed to be his replacement.
Miller has previously worked closely with Derek Chisora’s camp under Don Charles, including for the rematch against Whyte in 2018.
For the past year, he’s been a part of Dillian’s team and was in the corner for the Wach win last December.
Whyte told The Fight Is Right: “He’s a hard worker. He’s studied the game.
“He’s the kind of guy that, we record my sparring, he sends it to me and talks over the video.
He has been training out in Portugal and lost plenty of weight
“And he watches my old sparring back from years ago.
“He’s always watching. Even when he’s training or at the gym doing cardio. He’s watching sparring or he’s watching fights.
“He travelled to America and learned. He’s been in corners, been in gyms and watched great spars…
“What I like about Xav is he’s built fighters from the amateurs to English title, almost British title level.
“He’s still inexeperienced at the level that I’m at with me, but he’s been in other corners…
“He’s been here with me throughout the whole of his lockdown. Left his family and he’s been here.
“What more can I ask for? The man’s working.”