Dillian Whyte’s conflict with Alexander Povetkin is lastly set to go forward this weekend following its issues as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Britain’s ‘Physique Snatcher’ was set to tackle the robust Russian in Manchester again in Might however the thrilling battle was put again as a result of COVID-19 lockdown.
It was hoped that Whyte vs Povetkin might usher within the return of elite sport however the conflict was shelved.
Now, a number of weeks on, the 2 heavyweights are set to go toe-to-toe within the largest bout since boxing returned.
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Whyte vs Povetkin: Date and time
Dillian Whyte beat Mariusz Wach in Saudi Arabia final December on the undercard for Anthony Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.
Povetkin was additionally on that card and fought out an thrilling draw with American Michael Hunter.
The 2 heavyweights, who’ve each misplaced to Joshua, have been set to satisfy on the Manchester Area on Saturday, Might 2 however the coronavirus pandemic pressured the cardboard to be rearranged.
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Matchroom had hoped to have Whyte vs Povetkin on Saturday, July Four however that additionally needed to be put again.
Now, the 2 will lastly meet on Saturday, August 22 at Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Combat Camp.
The principle occasion battle will get underway at round 10pm for UK followers whereas there’s an thrilling rematch between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon on the undercard.
Whyte vs Povetkin: Combat card
- Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin – WBC interim heavyweight title
- Katie Taylor (c) vs. Delfine Persoon – Unified WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring feminine light-weight titles
- Luther Clay (c) vs. Chris Kongo – WBO World welterweight title
- Jack Cullen vs. Zak Chelli
- Alen Babic vs. Shawndell Tegel Winters
Whyte vs Povetkin: Story of the tape
Whyte – Povetkin
Nationality: British – Russian
Age: 32 – 40
Peak: 6ft 4 – 6ft 2
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Attain: 78in – 75in
Document: 27-1-0 – 35-2-1
KOs: 18 – 24
Rounds: 155 – 255
Debut: 13/5/2011 – 11/6/2005
Alias: The Physique Snatcher – Russian Vityaz
Whyte vs Povetkin: What has been stated?
Eddie Hearn is genuinely involved Dillian Whyte will ‘have a tear up’ with Alexander Povetkin earlier than their scheduled battle.
Revealing his fears, Hearn stated: “Look, we’ve had fighters within the final three weeks that haven’t been the famous person names they usually’ve been a delight to take care of. Subsequent week, the egos come to city.
“No criticism of the fighters, however we’re speaking about undisputed champions. We’re speaking about primary ranked heavyweights. We’re speaking about Olympic gold medallists.
“And unexpectedly the setup adjustments fully and having spoken to Dillian Whyte I’ve to lift considerations to the British Boxing Board of Management about individuals like – and that is my principal concern – Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin being in the identical lodge.
“As a result of the problem isn’t just they’re in the identical lodge on completely different flooring, they’re on the identical flooring. They’re on the identical hall. If Dillian Whyte bumps into Alexander Povetkin within the hall, or out right here on the grass, we are able to’t be liable for the implications.
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“Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon is tremendous icy, they don’t like one another and there’s already unhealthy blood, however I feel they’ve received sufficient about themselves to maintain themselves to themselves.
“What we don’t need to see is Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte rolling down that hill, onto the A12 and having a tear up. We’ll save that for Saturday evening, Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
“However I do have considerations that I’m elevating to the British Boxing Board of Management.
“I spoke to Dillian Whyte earlier, we’re speaking about doubtlessly hiring a Winnebago for him to reside in, in a secluded space, quarantined off, connected to the lodge.
“Bit quirky I do know, however I’m struggling to seek out one other answer. We’ve received these rules and obligations in place when it comes to quarantine and testing, however we even have a giant concern that everyone is on high of one another.
“You’ll be able to’t ignore individuals; you may’t avoid individuals. And Dillian Whyte in battle week shouldn’t be a pleasing particular person, to be sincere with you. So for the security of the occasion I want to discover a technique to segregate Whyte and Povetkin for subsequent week.”