Dillian Whyte: Alexander Povetkin Never Had COVID-19
Dillian Whyte is convinced that Alexander Povetkin never had COVID-19.
The rematch between Whyte and Povetkin had to be delayed a few times due to Povetkin’s positive COVID-19 test. It took Povetkin a while to recover but the rematch is now scheduled for March 27. Whyte believes that Povetkin simply wanted more time to prepare.
Speaking to The Sun, Whyte made it clear that he doesn’t believe his upcoming opponent truly had COVID.
“He never had COVID. He just wanted more time to train or prepare. You don’t recover from coronavirus overnight like that, it was some sort of miracle recovery. But this is boxing and I am used to all the games and tricks.
“For someone that has had covid, he has looked in photos better than I have ever seen him look before! I’m not sure someone coming off their sickbed would look that good. Thankfully the fight is now on, there are now more delays and we are ready to rock.”
Whyte and Povetkin fought back in August 2020. Whyte put the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship on the line. In the fifth round, Povetkin floored Whyte with a flush uppercut. The bout was stopped via TKO and Povetkin captured interim gold.
The loss was a huge blow to Whyte as he had a mandate to fight WBC Heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury. Even if Whyte were to win back the interim championship, there’s no guarantee that the WBC would reinstate mandatory status.
Povetkin vs. Whyte II will take place in Gibraltar.