The long-awaited rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin is coming up next weekend.
The heavyweight rivals met last August with Whyte controlling their bout for the first four rounds before being caught by a sickening blow from Povetkin at the start of the fifth.
The Brixton native hit the deck out cold in an incredible turnaround.
The two were set to meet in a rematch in November but the Russian tested positive for coronavirus ahead of that date and it had to be postponed.
Their second clash 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.
Now though, the new date for Whyte vs Povetkin 2 has been confirmed and fans can start getting excited for one of the biggest fights of 2021 so far.
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: Date and time
This 12-round heavyweight bout is scheduled for Saturday, March 27 and will take place in Gibraltar.
The main event will get under way at around 10:30pm but that will depend on the undercard results.
Ted Cheeseman v JJ Metcalf and Chris Kongo v Michael McKinson will take place before the headline bout.
The night’s action will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office from 6pm at a cost of £19.95.
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: Undercard
Subject to change
- Dillian Whyte v Alexander Povetkin – for WBC interim heavyweight title
- Ted Cheeseman v JJ Metcalf – for British super-welterweight title
- Chris Kongo v Michael McKinson – for WBO global welterweight title
- Fabio Wardley v Eric Molina
- Erik Pfeifer v Nick Webb
- Youssef Khoumari v Kane Baker
- Campbell Hatton v TBA
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: What has been said?
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed news that the fight had been pushed back by three weeks on February 20 and confirmed the move to Gibraltar.
He said: “In the current environment we are always having to think on our feet.
“We did everything to try and make March 6 happen, but with the new travel restrictions it was impossible.
“Now we have something outside the box, compelling, and a unique setting for one of the heavyweight fights of the year.
“Roll on the Rumble on the Rock!”
Povetkin insists he’s ready to go despite the continued delays to the rematch.
“I feel fine. The team and I are in a good mood. We are ready for the fight, we want this fight.”
Asked about the latest postponement, Povetkin said: “Anything can happen. I reacted normally. What can you do? We made some changes and go on.”
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