Whyte vs Povetkin 2 date confirmed for November 21

Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin 2 will take place on Saturday November 21 and be screened live on pay-per-view by Sky Sports Box Office.

The rematch between ‘The Body Snatcher’ and the Russian former world heavyweight champion gives Whyte a swift opportunity to gain revenge for that stoppage defeat at Matchroom Fight Camp on August 22.

A devastating left uppercut from Povetkin closed the show in round five after he himself had been down twice in the fourth.

Not only did that give Whyte (27-2) his first professional defeat in five years, it also destroyed his dream of facing either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder next for the WBC world heavyweight title.

Whyte told Sky Sports: “I’m over the moon to have the rematch. As soon as I got out of the ring, I was looking for confirmation that the fight would be on. I can’t wait to get back in the ring and get back what is rightfully mine.

“I’m looking to do what I said I would the first time, and that’s beat Alexander Povetkin.

“There won’t be any major adjustments, but I just need to be more switched on and not get distracted. He was able to use his experience against me. I will be a lot more focused and sharper in the rematch. I’m coming to win and knock him out. I’m coming to even the score and the only way to do that is by knocking him out.”

Povetkin meanwhile said: “I’ve rested well, spent time with my family, and now that the date of the rematch is known, I will soon return to my training camp and prepare as thoroughly as I did for the first fight.

“As I said before the first fight, and after it too, Dillian Whyte is a good, strong boxer. I will be ready to enter the ring on November 21. I hope it will be another beautiful fight for the fans.”

A venue for Whyte vs Povetkin 2 has yet to be confirmed. Dillian’s promoter – Matchroom Boxing supremo Eddie Hearn – has talked recently about the fight being held in London. The first fight of course took place behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.