The rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin has been put on hold once again.
The two were set to meet in November following Povetkin’s stunning win last summer but the Russian tested positive for coronavirus ahead of their clash and it had to be called off.
Back in August, Whyte controlled their bout for the first four rounds but was then caught by a sickening blow from Povetkin at the start of the fifth. The Brixton native hit the deck out cold in an incredible turn around.
Whyte had wanted to avenge that loss before the end of 2020 but Povetkin had to go into self-isolation having contracted COVID-19.
The rematch was then supposed to usher in the new year of boxing but, at the start of January, the sport was suspended amid the growing coronavirus cases in the UK.
Promoter Eddie Hearn now hopes Whyte v Povetkin can be one of the first major fights to take place once boxing does get back under way…
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: Date and time
These two went head-to-head on August 22 at the Matchroom HQ as Povetkin claimed his stunning win.
They were set to meet again on November 21 at Wembley Arena in London but that date had to scrapped. The pencilled in date of Saturday, January 30 also had to be put back.
Now, Whyte and Povetkin are expected to go at it some time between mid-February and April and a confirmed date will follow shortly.
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: What has been said?
Boxing will return to action in Britain in February after being suspended for the month of January, the British Boxing Board of Control have said.
A statement read: “The BBBoC will be resuming boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction in the middle of February, dates and venues to be confirmed in due course.”
In turn, Eddie Hearn has said that it is his plan to return to action by staging five shows between February 16 and April 10.
Whyte v Povetkin is expected to headline those events and an official date will follow.
Hearn is also preparing dates for the featherweight title bout between IBF champion Josh Warrington and WBA ‘regular’ belt holder Can Xu and Josh Kelly’s European title challenge against David Avanesyan.
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: Tale of the tape
Whyte – Povetkin
Nationality: British – Russian
Age: 32 – 41
Height: 6ft 4 – 6ft 2
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 78 – 75in
Record: 27-2-0 – 36-2-1
KOs: 18 – 25
Rounds: 160 – 260
Debut: 13/5/2011 – 11/6/2005
Alias: The Body Snatcher – Russian Vityaz