What Is The Potential Time Frame For Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte Rematch?
The heavyweight interim title rematch between Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte may have a potential target date.
On August 22, Povetkin challenged Whyte for the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship. With a victory, Whyte would’ve been moving towards either a showdown with WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury or a bout against the fighter ranked just below him in the WBC for the undisputed gold. Povetkin ended up pulling off the upset win via fifth-round TKO.
Speaking to the folks at iFL TV, Matchroom Boxing head honcho Eddie Hearn discussed the target date for Povetkin vs. Whyte II (via Boxing Scene).
“There’s not many in boxing that honor contracts and honor obligations and their word. Andrey Ryabinksiy, Vadim Kornilov and World of Boxing, even if we didn’t have a contract, and we had a shake of the hand or an agreement, they would still do it. These are proper, proper people. They don’t want to wait till February/March so we will go November 14, or November 21.”
Povetkin didn’t receive the same mandatory status that Whyte did. That has left the door open just a crack more for a title unification showdown between Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Titles and Fury. There is still the issue of the WBO’s mandatory status as well. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for that piece of hardware.
Whyte’s loss to Povetkin was just the second of his pro boxing career. The other defeat was at the hands of Anthony Joshua via TKO back on December 12, 2015.