The match between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin should be in late July or early August, and behind closed doors, per latest intel.
Whyte and Povetkin among the first fights after the break
According to one of the biggest boxing promoters in the world, Eddie Hearn, the fight should be scheduled immediately after the COVID-19 pandemic comes down. He predicts that it would be the end of July or early August. It was originally planned for July 4, but that won’t happen because of the current situation.
However, there was also one other information that drew massive attention, and it considered the audience. Hern stated that there wouldn’t be any.
“Whyte vs. Povetkin is one of the fights we are planning to stage in the early part of the return, it will take place behind closed doors,” Hearn revealed.
The British Boxing Board of Control also shares the opinion that the fights without fans might come back late July. But there would be certain restrictions, and one of them is that there can’t be more than five matches per event, and that all the fighters have to undergo COVID-19 medical testing along with pre-fight quarantine.
Whyte vs. Povetkin is the match for the WBC interim title, held by the Englishman who earned it against Oscar Rivas in July last year, via unanimous decision. The champ is also the mandatory challenger of the reigning WBC ruler Tyson Fury. Gypsy King dethroned Deontay Wilder recently, inflicting him the first career loss.
Also, Whyte is on a streak of 11 straight wins and has a 27-1 record so far. The only defeat came in December 2015, when Anthony Joshua knocked him out in the seventh round.
Povetkin, on the other side, is a 40-year veteran who posted 35 wins and three losses in his career. Two of them were in matches for the unified heavyweight title, first against Wladimir Klitschko, and the second against Joshua. He held the WBA belt between 2022 and 2013.
A lot is at stake for both guys, as the winner here could easily jump in the first plan and have a shot not only against Fury, but Joshua, Wilder, Ortiz, and many other heavyweights.
Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano Also on the Card
Apart from the above-mentioned fight, there is one more on this car, which will no doubt be colossal. Katie Taylor will clash with Amanda Serrano in what Hearn calls the biggest female boxing fight ever.
All the title belts in the lightweight title are on the table, and not only that but the status of the best female boxer in the world. Taylor, the undefeated champ in multiple versions, is meeting with the lady who held title belts in seven different categories, and who hasn’t lost since April 2012.
“Whoever wins this fight is cemented at No 1 in women’s boxing,” said the 33-year old Irish native.
In certain aspects, this fight is expected to have a more significant impact on the pay-per-view revenue than the headliner, as many analysts claim that there hasn’t been such a big female fight in the last decade.