Any hope of Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin 2 happening in January is definitely off the cards.
The original date was delayed with Povetkin contracting COVID-19. He was initially in hospital, sent home to further recover, resumed training and had to go back into hospital for a second time with the symptoms returning.
Povetkin, for the second time, is now back at home to recover.
According to Povetkin’s promoter, Andrey Ryabinsky, he is taking longer to recover from COVID-19 than they had initially anticipated pushing the rematch further back.
In fact, Povetkin was taken to the hospital for a second time after symptoms returned.
“Alexander had to go to hospital again for examinations. The other day he was discharged and is now starting training,” Ryabinsky told TASS.
“We’ll increase the workload in stages, under the supervision of doctors. Boxing is a serious load on the body, I won’t allow Alexander’s health to be risked. There will be no fight with Whyte in January. We underestimated the consequences of the virus, everything did not go as smoothly as we thought…
“We will discuss and appoint the date of the fight when we understand at what pace we can move with preparation.”
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