MatchRoom Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed the rematch between Dillian Whyte and Former world champion Alexander Povetkin will be taking place on March 6th.
The rematch which is yet to be officially announced will possibly be made official on Friday when, MatchRoom will be revealing a whole bunch of fight dates. Hearn however revealed during his usual feature on the “The AK And Barak Show” that the Brit will have an opportunity to revenge his brutal knockout loss to the Russian.
The venue for the fight between the 32 year old Whyte and the 41 year old Povetkin wasn’t disclosed by Hearn. However, the fight will possibly take place with Fans in the same settings , just like the numerous MatchRoom cards set to take place in February.
“This is obviously one that people know was gonna happen, but we will be announcing the official date of Whyte-Povetkin II, which is March the 6th,” Hearn informed co-hosts Barak Bess and Akin Reyes during a show that streams Monday through Friday on DAZN and SiriusXM. “Of course, the first one was the final fight of fight camp, August 22nd. I mean, I can still see it in my mind. And that’s a big fight for the heavyweight division. Of course, while we’re trying to finalize AJ against Fury, Whyte-Povetkin’s right up there.
“You know, it’s for the mandatory position in the WBC. It’s a great heavyweight fight. So, that will be lodged into the opening part of our 2021 schedule. So, big, big fight for Dillian Whyte. It’s a must-win fight. And if he wins that fight, I know he wants a shot at the WBC title.”
The two were initially scheduled to rematch on the 21st of November. However, the Russian returned a positive COVID 19 test result, which pushed the fight indefinitely to a new date due the delayed recovery of the Russian and former world champion.
Povetkin shocked the Boxing World in the first fight in MatchRoom’s Headquarters in Brentwood. He overcame two knockdowns in the fourth round and then blasted out and unconscious with a brutal left uppercut in the fifth round of theor scheduled 12 round battle back on August 22nd.
The fight which was for Whyte’s WBC interim Heavyweight title ended immediately as the 32 year old lay unconscious beneath the ropes, 28 seconds into the fifth round of the scheduled 12 rounder.
Before the bout with Povetkin, Whyte held the WBC interim Heavyweight belt and was the mandatory to WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, but the knockout loss, knocked him out of that position, setting Fury free from his mandatory obligation.