Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte II will have to wait a while.
Povetkin was set to put the interim WBC Heavyweight Title on the line against Whyte on November 21. This was to be Whyte’s chance at redemption but he will need to practice patience. That’s because the rematch has been forced to change dates.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has announced that Povetkin has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the rematch has a target date of January 30.
Unfortunately we got the news today that Alexander Povetkin is in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. The fight will now be rescheduled to a target date of Jan 30. An announcement on our Nov 21 show will be made shortly @skysportsboxing @daznboxing #rollwiththepunches pic.twitter.com/yg4p9hPzfQ
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 3, 2020
“Unfortunately we got the news today that Alexander Povetkin is in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. The fight will now be rescheduled to a target date of Jan 30. An announcement on our Nov 21 show will be made shortly.”
Back on August 22, Povetkin scored an upset win over Whyte. He earned the fifth-round TKO victory to capture the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship. While Povetkin is the interim titleholder, he didn’t take Whyte’s previous mandatory challenger status. If Whyte defeats Povetkin in the rematch, there’s no guarantee that he will get the mandatory status back.
Time will tell what happens to the November 21 card. Before word of Povetkin’s positive test broke out, former WBA (Regular) Heavyweight Champion Lucas Browne announced that he’s fighting at the event.
— Lucas Browne (@lucasBrowne) November 2, 2020
“It’s short notice but looks like I’ll be boxing on the Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte card on Sky Sports. Love fighting over there in the UK, just a shame it won’t be packed with fans this time.”