Boxing: Alexander Povetkin admitted in hospital with coronavirus as rematch against Dillian Whyte cancelled

Povetkin stuns Whyte with a fifth round knockout.

Alexander Povetkin admitted in hospital with coronavirus as rematch against Dillian Whyte cancelled

Alexander Povetkin admitted in hospital with coronavirus on Tuesday with rematch against Dillian Whyte cancelled.

Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin has been postponed until January after the Russian was taken to hospital with coronavirus.

Whyte, who was knocked out by Povetkin in their first fight in August, was set to face the 41-year-old at Wembley Arena on November 21.

But plans are now being redrawn for a January 30 clash after Povetkin tested positive for the virus.

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: ‘Unfortunately we got the news today that Alexander Povetkin is in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

‘The fight will now be rescheduled to a target date of January 30. An announcement on our Nov 21 show will be made shortly.’

Hearn floated the possibility of an alternative fight between Whyte and Tyson Fury, though the latter is in talks over a December 5 bout with Agit Kabayel ahead of a possible blockbuster against Anthony Joshua in 2021.

Hearn added: ‘This is a challenging time for shows. There will be lots of ups and downs over the next few months. We look forward to the fight happening in late January.’

Fury is set to return to the ring on December 5, with Germany’s undefeated former European champion Kabayel given 24 hours to accept an offer to challenge the Gypsy King for the WBC belt.