Whyte accuses Povetkin of faking coronavirus ordeal to delay rematch

Dillian Whyte accuses Alexander Povetkin of FAKING his coronavirus ordeal to delay their rematch ‘because he took a lot of damage in the first fight’ as the Russian vows to produce medical paperwork after he was ‘hospitalised’

  • Dillian Whyte was set for a rematch with Alexander Povetkin on November 21
  • But the Russian withdrew after contracting coronavirus and being hospitalised
  • Whyte has now claimed that Povetkin did not contract COVID-19 after all 
  • The Body Snatcher was knocked out by Povetkin in August’s heavyweight clash 

Dillian Whyte remarkably believes Alexander Povetkin does not have coronavirus after his positive test resulted in the postponement of their rematch later this month.  

A new date of January 30 has been targeted for the fight after Povetkin pulled out of the clash set for November 21 following a positive COVID-19 test which required hospital treatment. 

Yet Whyte, who was knocked out by the Russian during their first fight in August, is doubtful about Povetkin’s health, sensationally telling Sky Sports: ‘I personally don’t think he’s got Covid. 

Dillian Whyte has sensationally claimed that Alexander Povetkin does not have coronavirus

Povetkin knocked out Whyte in their first fight in August but pulled out of November’s rematch

‘I think he just needed more time to get ready, because he took a lot of damage in the first fight.

‘After the first fight, he took a lot of time off. Even though I got stopped, I went straight back to training and I got straight back on it.’  

However, Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy has hit back at those claims and has revealed further details about Povetkin’s condition. 

‘He had a rather difficult form of coronavirus, but he passed this crisis period, the doctors put him back on his feet,’ Ryabinskiy said.

A new date of January 30 is set to be pencilled in for the rematch between Whyte and Povetkin

‘Sasha [short for Alexander] is now feeling well; no complications have been identified. At the moment, his main task is to restore health and return to the necessary physical shape.

‘We hope Sasha will return to training in two to three weeks. But any physical activity should be coordinated with doctors, while they are careful in their forecasts and only say that it is necessary to monitor the situation and Sasha’s well-being.’

His team confirmed on Tuesday that Povetkin is ‘stable’ and has been released from hospital after his fight with coronavirus.  

‘There are so many different opinions. Let’s not listen to opinions, but be guided by facts and make decisions,’ Ryabinskiy added, in response to Whyte’s claims. 

Povetkin (right) should return to training in 2-3 weeks, says promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy

‘The facts are simple – Sasha got coronavirus, and we were forced to postpone the fight. This can happen to any athlete. Sasha was in the hospital, we have all the documents at hand.  

‘If Eddie Hearn has any question of this kind, I am ready to submit all these documents. Obviously, it is more profitable for us to have a rematch with Whyte after his defeat as soon as possible.’

The Russian beat Whyte with a stunning one-punch knockout in their bout back in August, dashing The Body Snatcher’s hopes of a world title contest against Anthony Joshua. 

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