| Last updated
Dillian Whyte insists he has no regrets over fighting Alexander Povetkin and says he's still one of the best heavyweights in the division.
Whyte, 32, suffered a shocking KO defeat to Povetkin at 'Fight Camp' on Saturday.
The veteran Russian climbed off the canvas twice in the fourth round to destroy the Brit with a nasty uppercut in the fifth round.
'The Body Snatcher' lost his WBC mandatory status with a title fight against world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury off the table for the time being.
Whyte is now in line to rematch Povetkin after demanding a second shot at the 40-year-old.
"Can we get the rematch in December?" He told Eddie Hearn, immediately after his lost.
He added: "Okay cool. I'm good, I'm good, it's one of them things where he just landed.
"I was bossing it. It is what it is. Rematch, it's all good. That's what heavyweight boxing is about."
Whyte then sat down with Sky Sports on Sunday and reflected on his second professional defeat.
"I have no regrets," he explained. "It was a great fight and Povetkin did well. I know I can beat him, I showed that from round one. Obviously he is very experienced.
"His corner was on the verge of pulling him out. But he pulled out one of the best punches of his career. That's heavyweight boxing, full of drama, ups and downs.
"I didn't rush him in the fourth round because he is dangerous - when he's hurt he swings big punches. He was on his last legs and I was pressing him.
"But that's heavyweight boxing, man. That's what happens. I'm still one of the top heavyweights around. It's not like I'm old or beaten up. I'm still learning. I learned from a harsh mistake."
Whyte continued: "I'm still the same me, ready to go, I can't wait to get back in there.
"He is a very dangerous guy. I was bossing it, winning the fight, but I got caught. It wasn't like I got beaten up round after round. I just got clocked!
"Fair play to him, he set it up and landed a punch. He's a good fighter who has beaten a lot of top guys.
"In the rematch, I will handle business. You have to strike while the iron is hot. The time is now. There's no point waiting into next year. He's in shape, I'm in shape, let's get it on. Immediate rematches are usually on fire."
Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/YouTube
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read