It was revealed yesterday that the heavyweight rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin has been called off, after the Russian fighter had tested positive for COVID-19. Povetkin was set to come up against Whyte for the second time this year, as the British fighter looked to claim back the WBC mandatory challenger claim that he had held for the past couple of years.
However, the positive COVID test result meant that the Russian was forced to cancel the huge fight that was set to take place on the 21st November. However, there are already a number of huge options that are being talked about regarding what Whyte could do before the end of the year, as he admitted that he is still looking to fight again before the end of 2020.
Boxing News: Whyte vs Fury Could Be On The Cards
Fans immediately questioned whether we could potentially see a huge British heavyweight fight between Whyte and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Eddie Hearn revealed in an interview that there would be no stumbling block with making the fight on Whyte’s side, as he would be willing to step in at short notice to take the title fight that he felt that he had deserved for the last couple of years.
Fury is still adamant that he is preparing to fight in the United Kingdom on the 5th December, despite claims by Deontay Wilder that he must still honour the rematch clause in their contract despite Wilder not actively agreeing to terms for the fight. Hearn also pointed a jibe at Fury by claiming that he would ‘understand’ if the reigning champion instead opted for a much straightforward opponent.
Boxing News: Trilogy Fight Also On The Cards
While Whyte may be looking to fight Fury on a short turnaround, another British fighter has also stepped in to challenge Whyte. Derek Chisora was only in action this past weekend, as he was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk, but he has revealed that he would be willing to step in and fight Whyte on the 21st November.
It would be an immediately popular fight amongst fans, as the two Brits have previously fought on two occasions, with both fights being wars from start to finish. Whyte won the first fight by unanimous decision, before he claimed success in the second fight by knockout.