Alexander Povetkin released from hospital after recovering from coronavirus with Dillian Whyte rematch eyed for Jan 30

ALEXANDER POVETKIN has been released from hospital after contracting coronavirus.

The Russian's rematch against Dillian Whyte, planned for November 21, had to be postponed.

Povetkin upset the odds to deliver a stunning once-punch KO win when the pair clashed back in August.

The fight has now been pencilled in for January 30, with Povetkin now recovering at home from Covid-19.

Speaking to World Boxing News, the 41-year-old's promoter Ryabinskiy said: "Sasha has been released from the hospital today. He is now getting treatment at home.

“His doctor considers him to be stable. Sasha feels good right now, but it will definitely take some time for him to recover fully.

"He will not be starting any boxing training earlier than two to three weeks from now."

There were talks that Whyte was seeking a replacement after Povetkin pulled out of the rematch.

But he looks like having to wait until January according to Eddie Hearn.

The Matchroom promoter has insisted that the December fight schedule – which features match-ups for Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and more – is too 'cluttered' for the pay-per-view event.



Derek Chisora had stepped forward to offer Whyte a contest after his August shock at the hands of Povetkin.

But Hearn believes only the Russian or an unlikely meeting with Tyson Fury is of interest to the 32-year-old.

Whyte has already downed Chisora on two occasions but the 36-year-old heavyweight offered himself up for a trilogy fight earlier in the week.

Nevertheless, Hearn is happy for his man to wait out and focus on the rematch with Povetkin.

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