MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. A return bout between Russia’s WBC (the World Boxing Council) Interim Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin and Britain’s Dillian Whyte has been rescheduled for March 27, BoxingScene web portal announced late on Saturday.
The return bout between Povetkin and Whyte was initially scheduled to be held in Britain on March 6, however, in view of travel restrictions in the country the fight was relocated to Gibraltar.
"The British Heavyweight contender was set to face Povetkin on March 6, but travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have meant the fight has been pushed back three weeks," according to the BoxingScene.
Commenting on the rescheduled bout boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said: "In the current environment we are always having to think on our feet."
"We did everything to try and make March 6 happen, but with the new travel restrictions it was impossible," BoxingScene quoted Hearn as saying. "Now we have something outside the box, compelling, and a unique setting for one of the Heavyweight Fights of the Year."
On the night of August 22, 2020 Russia’s former Heavyweight World Champion Alexander Povetkin defeated Britain’s Dillian Whyte in the fifth round with a technical knockout to win the WBC interim heavyweight champion’s title.
In early September 2020, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Russia’s Povetkin was scheduled for a return bout against Britain’s Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte. The 32-year-old British boxer holds a personal record of 27 wins (18 by KOs) and two defeats throughout his professional boxing career.
Povetkin was initially set for a return bout against Britain’s Dillian Whyte on November 21, however, the fight was postponed indefinitely after Povetkin was reported to contract COVID-19. Later reports suggested late January 2021 as a provisional date for the Povetkin-Whyte bout, However, Andrei Ryabinsky, the head of Boxing World promotion company, said in December that the fight would not take place in January.
Povetkin, 41, is known to the fans as the ‘Russian Vityaz,’ and boasts a record of 36 wins (25 by KOs), two defeats and one draw throughout his career. The Russian boxer also won the gold at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
Before Whyte, Povetkin fought last time in December 2019 against US heavyweight Michael ‘The Bounty’ Hunter. Povetkin and Hunter fought to a draw on December 7, 2019 in Saudi Arabia in the WBA (the World Boxing Association) Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout. The judges’ scorecards read 115-113 for Povetkin, 115-113 for Hunter and 114-114.