Manager: Alexander Povetkin’s Performance In Dillian Whyte Rematch Hindered By COVID-19
Alexander Povetkin’s manager believes his fighter was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in his rematch with Dillian Whyte.
Povetkin and Whyte shared the ring a second time on March 27. The two first fought back in August 2020. Povetkin scored the upset fifth-round TKO victory to capture the interim WBC Heavyweight Title. In the rematch, Whyte got his revenge by stopping Povetkin in the fourth round via TKO.
Povetkin battled COVID-19, which forced the rematch with Whyte to change dates multiple times. It took Povetkin a while to recover and his manager, Dmitry Ivanov, told Vasily Konov that he feels his fighter’s performance was hindered (via BoxingScene.com).
“I am not a medical specialist, but, in my opinion, the coronavirus has not been fully studied, in particular from the point of view of the consequences [to the body after having it]. Therefore, it is difficult to say just how much this disease affected the preparation and the fight itself.
“I believe that it greatly influenced the functional ability and physical state [of Povetkin], as well his ability to concentrate, pay attention and his reaction time. In my opinion, all of the functions that Povetkin had were now in more of a sleep mode.”