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Result: Alexander Povetkin stuns Dillian Whyte with sensational KO

The 40-year-old Russian takes over the WBC mandatory position from Dillian Whyte.

Dillian Whyte's world title dream was left in tatters as Alexander Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on him with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.

Whyte had dominated the opening four rounds and twice sent the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas.

But Povetkin turned the fight on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended the fight in an instant.

"I didn't feel I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round," Povetkin told Sky Sports.

"I went down twice but it was OK. It was not too much damage.

"I was watching his fights and I see that he was missing uppercuts from the left and from the right.

"All my training I trained for those shots and it was definitely one of the best punches of my career."

Whyte, the WBC's number one contender for over two years, knew he could not afford any mistakes behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex.

The prize of meeting the winner of the trilogy fight between current champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was on the line.

There was a sedate start to the fight as Whyte began to establish his impressive jab and Povetkin struggled to make an impression.

Povetkin was left off balance by a strong right in the third and Whyte troubled the Russian further as he worked well to the body.

Whyte was getting more confident by the round and Povetkin took a count after being dropped to the floor by a right-left combination early in the fourth.

Povetkin was looking out of his depth and he was sent tumbling to the canvas again by a short left uppercut close to the bell.

It looked as if the end was near for the Russian but he landed a perfect punch from nowhere that left Whyte on the floor for some moments, although he was able to eventually get to his feet.

Fury was quick to comment on Povetkin's victory, writing on his official Twitter account: "40 & proud", while IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington added: "Wow! crazy this boxing ya know..."

Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed there was a rematch clause which he will exercise before the end of the year, said: "I can't quite believe it to be honest. When the punch landed I felt I was in some dream.

"The fight was over virtually after two heavy knockdowns, but this is the drama of the sport we love.

"This is the drama of heavyweight boxing and one punch can change everything."

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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