Povetkin has 'fever but not critical' after Covid-19 hospitalisation

Alexander Povetkin has ‘a fever but nothing critical’ after being hospitalised with coronavirus and seeing his Wembley heavyweight rematch with Dillian Whyte cancelled

  • Alexander Povetkin is receiving treatment for coronavirus in a Moscow hospital
  • The 41-year-old was scheduled to fight Dillian Whyte at Wembley this month
  • The Russian’s team believe the showdown will be rescheduled for 2021 

Alexander Povetkin is expected to make a full recovery from coronavirus after he was hospitalised with the disease.

The 41-year-old Russian was taken ill earlier this week and his diagnosis meant that his upcoming fight against Dillian Whyte, scheduled for November 21 at Wembley Arena, was called off.

But after it emerged Povetkin is having treatment at a hospital in Moscow, his promoter has moved to assure fans that he will make a full and thorough recovery from Covid-19. 

Alexander Povetkin is expected to make a full recovery after contracting Covid-19

The diagnoses curtalied the November rematch between Povetkin and rival Dillian Whyte

‘Povetkin contracted the coronavirus, he has a fever,’ Andrei Ryabinsky told Tass, the Russian news agency. ‘There is another person on the team who tested positive, all measures have been taken. Everyone, including Povetkin, is isolated.

‘Alexander is now isolated in a Moscow facility, taking care of his health. The rematch will definitely take place in 2021.’

And a team spokesman cooled fears further, telling BoxingScene: ‘Everything is fine, there are no physical threats. Alexander is in a good clinic, he only has a fever, but nothing critical. 

‘Alexander himself will not comment on anything further. He is focused on his treatment.’ 

Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s promoter, said on Twitter that he is working towards a rematch date of January 30. Hearn even teased the prospect of Whyte fighting Tyson Fury instead, but the Gypsy King is expected to seal another bout on December 5.

Whyte was knocked out by Povetkin during their meeting in the ring in August

But Eddie Hearn revealed on Twitter this week that the November 21 fight was now off

Earlier this year, Whyte was left needing oxygen after a brutal KO from Povetkin but promptly signalled to Hearn that he wants a rematch.

Hearn said in August: ‘The first thing Dillian said was: “Get me that rematch, get me that rematch.”

‘Povetkin is mandatory now, but the only person who would get called to negotiate fighting the winner of Fury-Wilder was Dillian Whyte.

‘We’ll exercise that rematch clause. We’ll look to make that before the end of the year and it’s a huge fight.’ 

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