The heavyweight rematch between Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte has been officially confirmed for March 6.
Povetkin knocked out Whyte in the fifth round of their WBC interim title bout last August and the pair were originally set to meet again in late November at Wembley Arena, but the fight was postponed after the Russian was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19.
Promoter Matchroom Boxing announced Friday that a new date has been set. The card will take place behind closed doors at a venue that has yet to be confirmed.
After being laid low by the coronavirus last year, Povetkin recently stepped up his training regime as he looks to retain his title.
World of Boxing Promotions Company, which represents the 41-year-old, posted Friday on Twitter: “Alexander has fully recovered and started his training camp on Jan. 12.
“He is progressing well in the first stage of his preparation. We hope the second fight will live up to everyone’s expectations and that Povetkin will deliver another spectacular finish.”
The winner of the rematch will be in line to face Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua later in 2021 for the world heavyweight title.
It was also confirmed Friday that Josh Warrington, who has not been in action since October 2019, will defend his IBF featherweight belt against Mauricio Lara on Feb. 13.