Alexander Povetkin starts training camp for Dillian Whyte rematch after coronavirus battle with fight planned in weeksJanuary 12, 2021
ALEXANDER POVETKIN has started his camp for the Dillian Whyte rematch after recovering from Covid-19.
The Russian veteran knocked the Brixton fans' favourite spark out on August 22, in a stunning upset after Whyte had dropped him twice and seemed to be coasting.
The Body Snatcher demanded an instant rematch and was due his revenge mission on November 23.
But Povetkin caught coronavirus and was briefly hospitalised, flooring that 2020 rerun.
The 41-year-old has now recovered and jetted out to Soviet outpost Gelendzhik on Tuesday to begin his brutal training camp.
Whyte, 32, has kept up his training with his camp in Portugal and was getting frustrated with Team Povetkin delaying the bout.
The Jamaica-born ace even opened up talks over moving on to fight Cuban bogeyman Luis Ortiz but Povetkin swiftly signed up for the rematch.
The clash will be one of the first Eddie Hearn arranges after British boxing's return on February 13.
IBF featherweight Josh Warringron will hopefully headline the comeback show against China's Can Xu for the WBA and Ring Magazine belts.
And then Whyte and Povetkin will follow soon after, with the Brit banger aiming to get his WBC mandatory position back with a win over the former world and Olympic champ.
Whyte wants to finish his thrilling career with five high-profile clashes to complete an unquestionable record.
After Povetkin he is targeting Ortiz, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
He said: "It might take me more than five fights but, if I can fight those guys, then I have fought everyone there is to fight.
"I've had tried to fight Wilder, Povetkin and Ortiz loads of times and they've turned me down, now they're not in good positions, hopefully it's different.
"Because if they lose then they get well paid and if they win then they are back in the title frame."
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