Alexander Povetkin’s date to prove his brutal knockout against Dillian Whyte wasn’t a fluke is over after the Russian heavyweight tested positive for COVID-19 – and that could lead to an all-British dust-up with Tyson Fury.
London-based Whyte had hoped to revive his title ambitions by taking revenge on Povetkin on November 21 after the Russian produced a stunning knockout to return home as a hero in August.
“The Body Snatcher” now has to wait at least until the New Year for his salvation shot after Povetkin’s positive test, although promoter Eddie Hearn said Whyte is ready to fight WBC Champion Tyson Fury, who is looking for an opponent for him in a planned comeback UK December 5th.
Fury has not fought since his emphatic dethronement of Deontay Wilder in February and is reported to have offered former European champions Agit Kabayel a deal, but Hearn knows Whyte would make a more attractive offer to British fans.
“Firstly, we’d like to wish Alexander Povetkin a speedy recovery,” Hearn told Sky Sports, predicting “many ups and downs” as show plans continue to be disrupted during the pandemic.
“Anger seeks an opponent, Whyte is ready to leave. Why not? We’d go into it.
“To be honest, it wouldn’t be difficult for us to fight this fight at all.
“I know Fury and his team are looking for an easy fight in December. I don’t blame them.
“You have just finished fighting Deontay Wilder and you want to fight Anthony Joshua next year.
Dillian Whyte versus Tyson anger anyone? 🤔
– Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 3, 2020
“But Whyte is more than ready and willing to join this fight on December 5th. It’s just a phone call away. If Fury wants a real fight, [Whyte] Is there. We would definitely be ready to have a discussion about this fight.
“If Fury wants a more direct fight, of course we understand that too. Of course we want to take this fight up.”
Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy confirmed that his client was being treated in a clinic in Moscow.
“The course of the disease is normal,” he said. “There is a fever, but there are no critical complications.
“We hope he can recover quickly enough but we believe the fight won’t take place until next year.
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“At the moment there is no talk of changing opponents. Povetkin will box Whyte.”
Derek Chisora, who lost points to Oleskandr Usyk on Saturday when the Ukrainian stood up for a challenge at the top of the division, stepped in to inform Hearn that he was “free of bruises” and “ready to rock’n ‘” Roll “is.
A trilogy battle between the two following Whyte’s previous victories over Chisora via points and a knockout could take place if the map continues on November 21st.
“His hands are good – no marks on his face, completely unharmed,” said Chisora’s promoter David Haye despite the stressful evening he endured against the smooth and dangerous Usyk.
“He’s ready for this third fight. He’s ready to fight anyone for the fans.”
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