Povetkin vs Whyte 2 confirmed
Cold War confirmed between Russian Vityaz and Brixton Body Snatcher
WBC Interim World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25KOs) will defend his title in a rematch with Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18KOs) on March 6 in the UK.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the date during his participation in DAZN’s “The Ak & Barak Show”.
The rematch between Povetkin and Whyte was scheduled for late November at first, but Povetkin tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight had to be postponed.
The initial plan was for Matchroom to reschedule Povetkin vs Whyte 2 for January 30, but the 41-year-old Russian ‘Vityaz’ had an extensive recovery process to endure due to his battle with coronavirus.
“I have rested well, I have spent time with my family, soon I will return to my training camp and prepare as thoroughly, as I did for the first fight. As I said before the first fight and also after, Dillian Whyte is a strong boxer. I’ll be ready to step into the ring. I hope it’s another great fight for the fans,” said former WBA World champion Povetkin, trained by Ivan Kirpa.
Ex-British champion Whyte said, “I’m happy to get the rematch. As soon as I got out of the ring, I was looking for confirmation of the rematch. I can’t wait to get back in the ring and take back what’s mine. There will be no major adjustments, but I just need to be more turned in and not get distracted. I’m going to win and knock him out. I’m going to even the score and the only way to do it is by knocking him out.”
The fight, promoted by Matchroom Boxing, will be broadcast on DAZN.