Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin new date confirmed after postponement

Dillian Whyte’s showdown with Alexander Povetkin has been re-arranged for July 4 after British boxing’s shutdown was extended to May.

Whyte was due to face Povetkin at Manchester Arena on May 2 and promoter Eddie Hearn announced the new date soon after the British Boxing Board of Control suspended all shows in May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hearn needs to find a new slot for Dereck Chisora’s clash with Oleksandr Usyk at The O2, which was due to take place on May 23, and says he is working on that.

The Matchroom MD has also moved Lee Selby’s fight with George Kambosos at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena from May 9 to July 11.

Anthony Joshua ’s June 20 world heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is under increasing threat and Hearn has lined up July 25 as an alternative.

Hearn feels boxing’s return may be gradual, possibly starting off behind closed doors or with small-hall shows.

“Whether that’s behind closed doors at first or whether that’s back with small-hall shows, we hope we can get to the bigger shows before the end of June,” he said.

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