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Whyte vs. Povetkin, Usyk vs. Chisora - Ccontingency Plans in Place

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom has a right to be nervous these days.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, his company was forced to cancel all of their boxing events - including those in the UK, Italy, United States - for the months of March and April.

Now the spotlight is on May - a month where Hearn's company is staging two pay-per-view events in the UK.

Dillian Whyte is defending his WBC interim-heavyweight title against former world champion Alexander Povetkin in Manchester on May 2, and then former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is going to collide with Derek Chisora at the O2 in London on May 23.

Both of those events are scheduled to be carried by DAZN and Sky Sports Box Office.

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Canelo Alvarez's planned return for May 2, against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, has already been pushed back until at least June. And Josh Taylor's planned defense, also on May 2, has been postponed. 

For the moment, all of Hearn's events are moving forward in May - but he already has plans in place, with backup dates, in the event either show is postponed. He even has a backup plan being put together for Anthony Joshua's fight against Kubrat Pulev - and that takes place on June 20.

"May is going ahead, but we also understand that we have contingencies in place to move Dillian Whyte to the middle of June, to move Derek Chisora-Usyk back into the end of June, early July, and of course Anthony Joshua, who was due to go June 20, at Tottenham Hotspur football club," Hearn said to Sky Sports.

"Really relies on the run of the Premier League now, because if the Premier League extend their season, Spurs will need their stadium. We already have a reserve date that we're discussing with Spurs of July 25 for Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 03-21-2020

This fu[I]cki[/I]ng stinking Pandemic is ruining everything and turning all in a mess. I want my fight backs!. :boxing:

Comment by rudy on 03-20-2020

put all the fights on one card, people have paid a subscription and for 3 months they dont get nothing. Then you want them to pay 3 ppv some of the newbies on this site will pay though:offtopic:

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