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Promoter Not Confident Povetkin Will Be Ready By 1/30 Date For Whyte

Andrei Ryabinsky, promoter for WBC interim-heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, is not confident that his boxer will ready in time for a tentative date of January 30 for a rematch with Dillian Whyte.

Back in August, Povetkin pulled off a major upset when he knocked Whyte out cold in the fifth round of their clash at the Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood.

Whyte would exercise an immediate rematch clause, with a second fight being set down for November 21.

But last week it was revealed that Povetkin had tested positive for COVID-19 and the rematch was immediately postponed.

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Povetkin was hospitalized in Russian and received treatment.

Whyte's promoter, Eddie Hearn, mentioned a tentative date of January 30 - but Ryabinsky is not convinced that can happen.

"We will try, but I think that by January 30 Alexander is unlikely to recover," Ryabinsky said to Vasily Konov Jr.

The Russian promoter revealed that Povetkin was discharged from the hospital to continue his recovery at home.

Povetkin is expected to resume training in three weeks - but Ryabinsky cautions that the re-start of his training camp will not begin until his doctor gives him the green light.

Going into the August fight, the 41-year-old Povetkin was a huge underdog and Whyte was the mandatory challenger to the WBC title, which is currently held by Tyson Fury.

Povetkin appeared to be in serious trouble after being dropped two times in the fourth round. But he shocked everyone, when a big uppercut connected out of nowhere - and generated a big knockout where the British boxer went down and out.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Rick Taylor on 11-12-2020

[QUOTE=F!x;20877194][B]Prograis caught Covid[/B] during his last training camp, only 1 month before the fight. He caught it, recovered and was ready to fight, all within 1 month.. [B]but he kept it secret[/B]. Hopefully Povetkin will have a similarly speedy turnaround,…

Comment by pollywog on 11-11-2020

I hope Povetkin shucks and jives Whyte long enough to never have the rematch a and move into the mando spot. Whyte ain't worthy!

Comment by Hayehammer on 11-11-2020

thats what i thought.. How can hearn and whyte just follow through with it just like that. Its been known povetkin had problems breathing and the after affects dont just go away. He will need a little bit more time…

Comment by KTFOKING on 11-11-2020

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;20877209]Regis had a bs opponent too. This is a top ten caliber fight. And Povetkin got hospitalized. I'm not aware if Regis got hospitalized over it.[/QUOTE] Correct, and just because one person recovers quickly, doesn't mean everyone else will.…

Comment by Mindgames on 11-11-2020

[QUOTE=diarraisagod;20877624]Stairs? Think you meant apples and oranges :D[/QUOTE] Im quoting David Hayes impression of him lol..

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