WBC interim-heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin believes that he will likely be ready to have a rematch with Dillian Whyte by the beginning of spring.
Back in August, Povetkin pulled off one of the biggest shockers of the year when he knocked Whyte out cold with a tremendous uppercut in the fifth round of their fight.
In the aftermath, Whyte exercised his contractual right to an immediate rematch.
The second fight was scheduled for November 21 - and then pushed back when Povetkin was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Both sides were targeting January 30 for the rematch - and that date was also pushed back to allow Povetkin more time to physically recover from his illness.
According to his handlers, he entered a local hospital several times for treatment.
Povetkin has begun to have light workouts as he prepares to get himself in order.
"Right now everything is fine. I have already started running, jumping, working on my punches. I have to recover quickly," Povetkin said to tass.
“There were no complications, everything went well [with the recovery]. As soon as they began to treat me in the hospital, the temperature dropped right away. There was, of course, some weakness in the body, but as a whole everything was in order, it's a sin to complain.”
There were some reports that Povetkin lost a lot of weight as he fought off the virus, but he says the situation was not as bad as reported.
"Well, maybe six to eight pounds, I wouldn't really say it was more than that. I didn't lose a lot of weight," Povetkin said.
The 41-year-old Russian has 36 wins (25 by knockout), two defeats and one draw. The two defeats in his career came at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua.