Povetkin vs White II is official for November 21
On November 21 Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will face Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) in a rematch. The date of the fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title has been officially confirmed. This evening of boxing will be shown in the UK via Pay-Per-View.
Povetkin and White first met in the ring on 22 August. The fight ended with a sensational victory for the Russian, who deprived the Body Snatcher of the status of a mandatory contender for the WBC belt.
Hearn, organizing a quick rematch just 13 weeks after the first fight, hopes that if Whyte wins, he will again become the mandatory contender for the winner of the third fight between Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO), which will take place no earlier than December.
“Povetkin is now a mandatory contender for Fury and will remain so if he becomes the winner of this revenge. The only question is when will he get the fight for the belt. White already had a date - the first half of 2021, and if he beats Povetkin, we will insist that this date be returned to us. Let's see if we succeed,” the head of Matchroom Boxing said in an interview to Sky Sports.
But if recent statements by WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman are to be believed, Hearn's plan is unlikely to be entirely successful. Sulaiman, immediately after Whyte's first fight against Povetkin, announced that the heavyweight champion would have a year for the next mandatory defense, counting from the day of the championship fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.