Dillian White vs Alexander Povetkin 2 will take place in Gibraltar on March 27 live on Sky Sports Box Office. The British heavyweight contender could avenge his knockout defeat on his Russian rival.
COVID-19 restrictions have forced a three-week delay to the long-awaited rematch.
The British heavyweight contender was scheduled to meet Povetkin on March 6, but travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic meant the fight was delayed by three weeks.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Povetkin vs. White 2 will take place in Gibraltar, where the Brixton player wants to avenge his knockout defeat last summer.
In today’s environment, we must always think with our feet, Hearn said.
We did our best to make March 6 a reality, but with the new travel restrictions, that was not possible.
Dillian White vs Alexander Povetkin 2 moved to March 27
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White beat the Russian twice in the fourth round before suffering a dramatic fifth defeat at Fight Camp last August.
But winning from a rematch will put White back in the race for the world title after a long wait for the WBC belt.
White has strengthened his training team with the addition of Harold “Shadow” Knight, former coach Lennox Lewis, who is gearing up for a career-changing fight in Portugal.
Matchroom Boxing has just announced that the planned rematch between Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian White has been postponed three weeks to take place on March 27 in Gibraltar.
The show will continue to be broadcast live on DAZN and the Sky Box Office in the UK.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 20, 2021
This was a bit expected, although Hearn previously said he didn’t think the meeting would be rescheduled from March 6. But there was never an attached facility – most expected it to end up at Wembley SSE Arena, where Matchroom recently operated – and there were legitimate logistical problems with White trying to enter the UK from Portugal and in need of quarantine, government regulations and all that.
In any case, the fight is open. Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will be looking to score in what will likely be another twist against White (27-2, 18 KOs), rallying to make it last August at Matchroom Fight Camp. It’s a good game again, with the bombs to be there again, with the winner remaining in the heavyweight title mix.