Dillian Whyte has revealed he was suffering with an injured hamstring during his fight with Alexander Povetkin.
Whyte exacted revenge over the Russian by stopping Povetkin in the fourth round of their rematch in Gibraltar.
The Body Snatcher looked back to his best with his 41-year-old opponent looking off colour and wobbly throughout.
Whyte made the most of it, working behind his jab, before unleashing the power and finishing Povetkin with a vicious left hook.
Though the Brit had to battle against a hamstring injury and footage showed he had the top of his left leg heavily strapped up through the fight.
Speaking to iFL TV, Whyte explained: “I had a little bit of an injury, but we don’t complain.
“I had an injury to my hamstring, I had to tape it. I’ve got a great medical team, they get the job done.
“It was bad two days ago, a day ago, and they fixed me up. I never doubted these guys.
“I just want a break and make my hamstring ease up, it hurts.”
By beating Povetkin, Whyte regained his WBC interim world heavyweight title and becomes the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury.
Though Fury is expected to face Anthony Joshua in an undisputed clash, with Whyte open to taking on any challenger.
He said: “I can beat anyone, I carry so much power. From the first round, I was into him.
“I was tempted to go hell for leather from the first round. Then I thought that might not be the smartest thing because he is a tough guy.
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“I was annoyed with myself for losing the first time. I made a silly mistake, I’ve learnt from it and it paid off.
"I'm ready to run it back again. I shouldn't have lost the first time.
"From the first round, I was on to him. I still believe I can be a world champion and I can beat anyone."
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