“I spoke to AJ who doesn’t like this fight for Whyte. He thinks that this is a banana skin and that Povetkin could upset the odds,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“For Whyte, he has waited over 1000 days for this opportunity but Povetkin could steal it from under his nose. I still can’t believe Whyte is taking these risks. When you sit as the mandatory challenger, what you don’t do is fight Joseph Parker, Derek Chisora, Oscar Rivas and Povetkin while you wait.
“What is Whyte doing by fighting Povetkin here? This isn’t The O2. This will be the strangest environment either guy has ever boxed in. Whyte, time and time again, puts it all on the line. He is the people’s champion. Joshua himself will fight before the end of the year and may be forced to compete behind closed doors if crowds continue to be barred from sporting events.”