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Whyte's rematch with Povetkin could be stages in GIBRALTAR

Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin could be held in GIBRALTAR… with Eddie Hearn revealing venues in Monaco and the Middle East are among the other options for fight on March 6

  • Eddie Hearn has announced Matchroom’s schedule for the early part of 2021 
  • Dillian Whyte’s push for revenge against Alexander Povetkin is set for March 6 
  • The crucial bout for Whyte could be held in Monaco, Gibraltar or the Middle East
  • The Brit fell out of contention for a world title fight with the defeat last summer  

Dillian Whyte’s long-awaited rematch with Alexander Povetkin could land in Gibraltar, with Monaco and the Middle East also in talks to host the heavyweight clash.

Eddie Hearn announced Matchroom’s early 2021 schedule on Friday night, with Whyte-Povetkin II set for March 6 and Josh Warrington, Lawrence Okolie and Conor Benn all back in action between February 13 and April 10.

Whyte’s world title hopes were left in tatters after he was on the end of a stunning fifth-round knockout by the 41-year-old Russian in Hearn’s back garden last summer.

Dillian Whyte’s rescheduled rematch with Alexander Povetkin is crucial for the Brit’s career

Whyte’s defeat to the Russian this summer plummeted him out of contention for a title fight

Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed the Brit’s fight could be staged abroad, including Gibraltar

The rerun had been slated for November as part of Matchroom’s residency at Wembley Arena, only for the Russian to contract coronavirus.

‘We’re looking to stage all of those fights in one location, with perhaps only the Dillian Whyte fight going international. At the moment that’s an option but we haven’t made any decisions yet,’ Hearn said.

‘We’ve spoken to some quite interesting (venues), a couple in the Middle East and we’ve also spoken to Gibraltar and also to Monaco. The feeling from Dillian is he would like crowds for that fight. 

‘It’s a big fight for him and he would prefer that fight in front of some kind of crowds but even in the territories I mentioned there’s no guarantee that would be the case either. There could be crowds in Gibraltar.’

Whyte is keen to have fans supporting him at his next fight after the behind-closed-doors loss

The promoter is yet to confirm where the rest of his shows will be, with much dependent on where they can ensure medical assistance for fighters during the coronavirus crisis.

‘Previously we’ve been to Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Wembley, we could go anywhere,’ Hearn said. ‘I think the general feeling for the (British boxing) board is that the medical support in London is best for the fighters in terms of the specific units. 

‘So the board would be happy at the moment for us to stay in London. We will be working on venues over the next few days’.

IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington kicks off the year on February 13, defending his title against Mexico’s Mauricio Lara ahead of a delayed unification clash with Can Xu – planned for the spring.

Josh Kelly will finally face Russia’s European welterweight king David Avanesyan on Saturday February 20. Then, on March 20, Lawrence Okolie fights Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title, with Chantelle Cameron making the first defence of her WBC super-lightweight title on the same bill.

Josh Warrington is set to kick-off Matchroom’s 2021 calendar with a world title defence 

The following month, Conor Benn takes on Samuel Vargas and Hearn is confident the shows will go ahead despite the ongoing Covid crisis.

The British Boxing Board of Control suspended all shows in January as deaths and cases spiralled before allowing the sport to resume from mid-February.

‘Anything is possible but right now I feel everyone is committed to the return of boxing in February. And I don’t think we have any choice, if the sport is going to survive,’ Hearn added.

‘If the Government says: “We have to delay or stop elite sports from returning” that is when you might see a change.

‘But if there was a doubt over whether a fighter could receive the right medical attention, then collectively, with the board, we would pull boxing. But that is not the case nor how they feel right now.’




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