The rematch between WBC Interim champion Alexander Povetkin and Dillion Whyte has been postponed again, this time – indefinitely.
The Russian was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was hospitalized on November 3rd, 3 weeks before their bout. This forced a new date to be set and the fight was supposed to happen in January 2021.
According to Andrei Ryabinsky, head of Boxing World promotion company and Povetkin’s manager, the Russian boxer has been hospitalized again and the fight is nowhere near realisation.
“There will be no fight with Whyte in January. We have underestimated the consequences of the virus and everything did not go as smoothly as we hoped for. Alexander has been hospitalized again for a medical examination. He has been discharged from the hospital in the recent days and starts with his training sessions. We will be amplifying his training sessions stage by stage under a strict observance of doctors. The sport of boxing is a very serious burden inflicted on a human body and I am totally against risking Sasha’s health. We will be holding talks in regard to the date of the fight and will be then coming up with our proposals, which will come as soon as we know what training tempo he can keep up with,” Ryabinsky stated in an interview with TASS.