Wembley Arena to stage huge heavyweight PPVs

The huge heavyweight pay-per-views featuring Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora and Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 will both take place at London’s SSE Arena (formerly Wembley Arena).

The two huge heavyweight pay-per-views (both live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN), head up a string of Matchroom shows set for the famous venue over a six-week period.

Usyk vs Chisora kicks things off on Saturday October 31, with the Ukrainian bidding to cement his position as mandatory contender for Anthony Joshua’s WBO world heavyweight title.

Also now on the undercard will be the rescheduled WBO middleweight title between Savannah Marshall and Hannah Rankin.

Povetkin vs Whyte 2 meanwhile will take place on Saturday November 21. It will be a rematch of that Fight Camp shocker back on Saturday August 22. That fight saw Whyte’s world title ambitions left in tatters by a devastating left uppercut in the fifth round. He had himself put Povetkin on the floor twice just a round earlier.

At stake once again will be the position of mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC world title.

In between those shows, undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor heads a historic women’s world title triple-header on November 14, when she faces Miriam Gutierrrez.

All of the shows it appears at this stage will take place behind closed doors, due to the current restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remarkable schedule – Hearn

“I’m delighted to have The SSE Arena, Wembley as our new home for the next six weeks, we’ve got a remarkable schedule especially considering the current environment,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“It’s so important to be as creative as you can with behind closed doors events and here we have a huge space that we can create a high end viewing experience for the fans at home.

“Whilst we have made the decision to proceed with these huge nights without a crowd, we are working hard with The SSE Arena, Wembley and the authorities to try and bring fans back safely during this period.”