Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the long-awaited rematch between Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25KOs) and Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18KOs) will take place on March 6th. The two heavyweight boxers had locked horns last August 22 in Brentwood, United Kingdom and, on that occasion, the Russian boxer had overturned the predictions of the eve, winning by knockout in the fifth round. Alexander Povetkin broke Dillian Whyte’s streak of eleven consecutive victories, preventing him from facing Tyson Fury for the WBC title.
Matchroom Boxing’s chairman Eddie Hearn has not yet revealed the venue of the bout, although it is certain that they will fight in the United Kingdom. The absence of the public is also very likely, in compliance with the anti-Covid measures enacted by the British government to try to counter the third wave of the coronavirus. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on November 21, but was postponed once it was discovered that Povetkin had tested positive to Covid-19.
Despite the fight has been announced unofficially few days ago, today both DAZN and Eddie Hearn officially twitted the announcement that the bout is confirmed and will take place on 6 March 2021. Eddie Hearn expects a win from Dillian Whyte, who will almost certainly get the last chance of his career to aim for a title match. It does not come as a surprise that Eddie Hearn mentioned also the ongoing negotiation for the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight during the press conference. Dillian Whyte is indeed on the line for a title shot in case of victory against Povetkin.
The shocking outcome of the previous fight last August 22 was a serious upset for Dillian Whyte who was marching at full force toward the WBC belt after 11 consecutive victories. However, a magistral uppercut by Povetkin knocked-out the British fighter. That masterful uppercut was definitely one of the top 3 best knockouts of 2020.
At the same time, it would be interesting to find out whether Alexander Povetkin, in case of victory against Dillian Whyte, may claim his title shot. Despite being 41-year-old, the Russian boxer may decide to continue his career and shock the world with a title shot in his 40s. At the end of the day, as George Foreman has shown us, you are never too old to become world champion!