Alexander Povetkin has been forced to withdraw from his Saturday November 21 contest with Dillian Whyte due to testing positive for COVID-19.
The pair were due to rematch at The SSE Arena, Wembley, live on Sky Sports Box Office but will now face each other on a later date to be confirmed soon.
Further details on the November 21 show will follow shortly.
“Firstly we want to wish Alexander Povetkin a speedy recovery,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “This is a challenging time for shows. There will be lots of ups and downs over the next few months. We look forward to the fight happening in late January.”
The initial plan is for Matchroom to reschedule Povetkin vs Whyte 2 for January 30 next year.
The Russian was decked twice in the fourth round of thier first fight in August, but he came back in the fifth stanza to land a hellacious uppercut that put the 32-year-old Londoner to sleep on his feet.
The rematch was confirmed the very next day, but fans will be forced to wait until the New Year for the pair to meet once more. The WBC confirmed in their latest rulings that the winner will be awarded the Diamond belt. , and also that if Dillian Whyte wins, he will be ratified as the official challenger to face the winner of Fury vs Wilder III.