Dillian Whyte’s fight with Alexander Povetkin unlikely to stay in May slot admits promoter Eddie Hearn

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Dillian Whyte’s May 2 heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin looks likely to be pushed back to later in the year – with promoter Eddie Hearn revealing an announcement is set to be made this week.

Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing also had a May 23 show confirmed that sees Dereck Chisora collide with Oleksandr Usyk.

Both are Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view events.

Whyte has driven 40 hours across Europe to his training base in Portugal.

But when iFL TV asked Hearn if he thought both his May events were unlikely to go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic, he replied: “I think so. We’ll make an official announcement this week regarding those two shows.

“But right now the chances of boxing in early May are very limited and even in May at all – and maybe in June.

“It’s not just about a period being over, a quarantine being over and we just go: ‘Okay, Saturday night – who is coming?’. It’s going to take time for people to gain confidence, trust and want to go out again.”

PICTURE BY MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM BOXING

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