Whyte's rematch against Povetkin could be DELAYED, says Hearn

Dillian Whyte’s rematch against Alexander Povetkin on March 6 could be DELAYED due to Covid-19 restrictions, says Eddie Hearn… with a venue yet to be confirmed for heavyweight clash

  • Dillian Whyte is scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin in a rematch on March 6
  • But the Body Snatcher training in Portugal could mean a delay to the fight 
  • Portugal is currently on the UK’s government ‘red list’ requiring hotel isolation 
  • Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that the fight could be pushed back as a result  

Eddie Hearn has revealed that Dillian Whyte’s rematch against Alexander Povetkin on March 6 could be delayed due to coronavirus restrictions. 

The heavyweight pair, who fought back in August when the Russian knocked out the Body Snatcher with one stunning punch, are due to fight in two weeks’ time but a venue is yet to be announced. 

The situation is complicated by Whyte currently training out in Portugal, which is on the UK Government’s ‘red list’, meaning the 32-year-old would have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on his return. 

Dillian Whyte lost to Alexander Povetkin in August but has a rematch scheduled for March 6

Yet Eddie Hearn admitted the fight could be pushed back as Whyte returns from Portugal 

As a result of the self-isolation period, his fight against Povetkin may be pushed back by at lest two weeks, as Whyte’s promoter Hearn hinted. 

‘There is a chance it could be delayed,’ Hearn told iFL TV

‘I don’t think it will be, the main thing is to get Dillian Whyte out of Portugal. It looks like tomorrow that may happen.

‘(Portugal is) in the red list, and the issue we’re having is the government won’t allow Dillian Whyte to isolate in the bubble, he has to isolate in a government hotel.

‘That is impossible for Dillian Whyte to do. He could go to Spain, for example, and isolate there for ten days, and then fly in on fight week.

Whyte was brutally knocked out by the Russian in August but has a shot at redemption 

‘That’s what we’re putting into place at the moment. Small chance it could be pushed back (three) weeks to March 27, but that’s not the intention.

‘It’s our intention to do everything we can to make sure March 6 stays intact.’

Whyte’s shock loss back in August saw his WBC mandatory spot for Tyson Fury’s crown go out the window, but he now has a shot at redemption.

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