Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight rematch against Alexander Povetkin has been postponed for three weeks and moved to Gibraltar due to travel restrictions related to Covid
- Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will fight in Gibraltar on March 27th
- Her rematch has been postponed for three weeks due to travel restrictions
- The Body Snatcher was devastated in the first fight
Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight rematch against Alexander Povetkin has been postponed to March 27th and will now take place in Gibraltar.
The 32-year-old was scheduled to face the Russian at Wembley on March 6, but the fight was pushed back by three weeks due to travel restrictions related to coronaviruses.
English fighter Whyte will seek revenge for his surprise loss to Povetkin last summer when the 41-year-old got off the screen twice to knock out Whyte in the fifth round.
The rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will take place in Gibraltar on March 27th
The Body Snatcher knocked down his opponent twice but devastated last year
Announcing the new date, promoter Eddie Hearn said, “In the current environment, we always have to think on our feet. We have done everything we can to make March 6th possible, but with the new travel restrictions it was impossible.”
“Now we have something extraordinary, compelling and a unique setting for one of the heavyweight bouts of the year – roll on the Rumble on the Rock!”
A rematch between the two was originally scheduled for November but has been postponed due to the Russian contract with the coronavirus.
Eddie Hearn announced the new rematch date and referred to the fight as Rumble on the Rock
The replacement appointment in January was considered but was postponed again as Povetkin struggled to get fully fit after a hospital stay.
The fight, which is now being pushed back by three weeks to the end of March, is due to the fact that the travel situation is made more difficult by the fact that Whyte has his training camp in Portugal, which is on the British government’s “red list”.
This would mean the Body Snatcher would have to be quarantined in a hotel for 10 days on its return to the UK, a time that could not be spent in the combat bladder in advance of the fight.
When the fight finally takes place, Dillian Whyte knows he has to win to get his career going again after last year’s disappointment.
Whyte knows he will have to win the fight to restart his quest for a WBC title
Whyte was on the verge of winning the WBC world title last summer when he faced Povetkin. He was the number one challenger on the governing body for over 1,000 days and was unable to secure a fight for the belt during that time.
He had most of the first fight against the Russian fighter and knocked him down twice in the fourth round, but received a stunning left uppercut from Povetkin which ended the fight in a devastating way.
Povetkin has only lost once in his professional career – to Anthony Joshua, the man who brought Whyte his only defeat – but at 41 years old and lagging behind the coronavirus, he will go into the rematch despite his impressive win as an underdog last August.