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Alexander Povetkin Recovers From COVID-19, Begins To Train

WBC interim-heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin of Russia has recovered from his recent battle with COVID-19.

The boxer has resumed light training - according to information provided by his team to TASS.

Back in August, Povetkin scored a sensational one-punch knockout of Dillian Whyte in the fifth round of their heavyweight bout at Matchroom's Fight Camp in Brentwood.

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Whyte exercised an immediate rematch clause, with the second bout set down for November 21.

But, a few weeks ago the fight was pushed back after it was revealed that Povetkin had been hospitalized in Moscow with COVID-19.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Whyte, has targeted January 30th as the tentative date for the second fight.

Whether or not Povetkin can be physically ready by the January date is still being determined.

"Alexander has recovered, he is feeling well now. He is gradually starting to train, but not at full strength. It has not yet been determined whether the fight with Dillian Whyte will take place in January," a team spokesman told the outlet.

The 41-year-old Povetkin has a record of 36 wins (25 by knockout), two defeats and one draw.

In the bout with Whyte, he appeared to be on the verge of being knocked out - as Whyte scored two knockdowns in the fourth round.

But everything changed in the fifth, when Povetkin landed a well-timed uppercut that sent Whyte down and out. The referee bypassed a count and quickly waved off the contest.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BodyBagz on 12-03-2020

Yet another survivor who laughs at COVID. Could fight tomorrow.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 12-02-2020

There doesn't seem to be any logic to how Covid affects people. I got a nasty cough but was basically OK and I was 35 and really out of shape. One of my friends was just in bed with it…

Comment by Mindgames on 12-01-2020

They tell us theres all this concern about Long covid and heart and lung damage among other things.But strangely no one ever mentions it in a sports or business setting.Just like the old fella who trains Joyce ,not even the…

Comment by Oshio on 12-01-2020

Somehow I just feel that the fight will not happen.

Comment by tokon on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=Arthur Daley;20920774]If he's offered an extra couple of 100'000 he might be.[/QUOTE] Well that's always a possibility, after all it's pro boxing! But obviously a lot also depends on the seriousness of his covid infection. I personally know a couple…

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