Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin rematch, which was scheduled to take place on the 6th of March, has been moved to March 27. The location has been shifted to Gibraltar, from its original location of Wembley Arena, London. Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the reason for this three week delay.
Speaking in an interview with SkySports, Matchroom Boxing CEO and Dillian Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that travel restrictions forced the delay, despite their best attempts to make the fight happen on the 6th of March. He also thanked Alexander Povetkin’s team for being cooperative during these tough times.
‘We’re all flying over to Gibraltar on the rock there‘
Eddie Hearn was quoted as saying, “In the current environment, we always have to think on our feet. We did everything to try and make March 6 happen, but it was impossible with the new travel restrictions. Now we have something outside the box, compelling, and a unique setting for one of the Heavyweight Fights of the Year – roll on the Rumble on the Rock! It’s going to be epic. So we’re moving out of Wembley for this event. We’re all flying over to Gibraltar on the rock there. It’s going to be a momentous heavyweight occasion.“
He continued, “It’s going to be wild, wacky, a little bit off the cuff. But in these times, we’ve had to do something different. Thank you for Alexander Povetkin’s team. Both of those guys were training hard for March 6th, but we had no choice but to move it three weeks. The fight is on the big fight, the rematch. The same mission to get revenge over Alexander Povetkin, but on March 27th, the Rock of Gibraltar. Here we come, baby!”
Whyte will be looking forward to avenge his defeat in the first match against Povetkin. Whyte was knocked out in the 5th round, by the Russian, handing Whyte, only his second defeat. A win here for Whyte might probably see him go face-to-face with Deontay Wilder.