Dillian Whyte’s postponed fight against Russian Alexander Povetkin known as “Whyte vs Povetkin”may be rearranged for America, according to the heavyweight’s brother, Dean Whyte.
The bout Whyte vs Povetkin – initially scheduled for May 2 in Manchester – was pushed back to July 4 at first time, and now it has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.
With no recent timescale for a comeback to boxing in Britain, Dean believes that the fight location may need to be moved, touting America as a possibility with president Donald Trump intending to reduce lockdown measures in certain states.
Whyte has not fought since a decision victory against Mariusz Wach on Anthony Joshua’s undercard in December 2019 as he avenged his loss against Andy Ruiz Jr, an event Povetkin was also involved in.
Speaking on CasinoLounge.co.uk, Dean said: “He might have to go abroad because the British Boxing Board might not allow it”In America, Trump is already saying that some states are going to be open earlier than others, so possibly it may go over there.
“I know Saudi is out the question, but America is definitely a possibility. Eddie Hearn does a lot of business out there, so they may potentially look at one of the states that have not been hit very hard by the pandemic and potentially put it there.
“At the front of the queue is potentially the United States.“
Anthony Joshua – who defeated Whyte by knockout back in 2015 – recently stated a rematch between the pair would be totally one-sided; a sentiment Whyte’s brother certainly disagrees with.
Dean added: “I personally think it’s just the confidence of him as a two-time world champion, so he’s within his rights to say that. But there is definitely no chance of an easy night with Dillian Whyte. No chance.”
“Joseph Parker will tell you that, Oscar Rivas will tell you that, Derek Chisora will tell you that, Lucas Browne will definitely tell you that.”
“Dillian has a champion’s mindset, work ethic and toughness. You ain’t gonna get no easy night. Joshua can try and put that out into the universe to convince himself and everyone around him, but on the night we will know – and I’m sure the world will know, it won’t be an easy nights’ work.”
“Coming from similar backgrounds and making themselves stars in the UK – there’s a rivalry. But there’s also a begrudging respect having shared the ring. Those guys want to fight each more than anything. Absolutely it will happen again before they both retire.“
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