It took a few extra months, but the Rumble on the Rock is finally happening.
WBA heavyweight champion and WBC interim title-holder Alexander Povetkin’s positive COVID-19 test delayed his rematch with Dillian Whyte, but the pair will square off in Gibraltar on Saturday, March 27, a bout exclusively streaming on DAZN in the U.S.
“I feel fine. I’m ready to fight,” Povetkin said. “The team and I are in a good mood. We are ready for the fight, we want this fight.”
The 41-year-old Russian (36-2-1, 25 KOs) escaped their last battle with a knockout in the fifth round — only after being sent to the mat by Whyte twice in the fourth.
The pair’s second go was originally slated for Nov. 21, 2020, though it was pushed back to Mar. 6 when Povetkin’s test results came back. Whyte, an Englishman, trains in Portugal, and travel restrictions forced the fight back another three weeks.
Even with the extra layoff, Whyte (27-2-0, 18 KOs) will be ready — and is thinking big.
“Povetkin’s a serious guy, very serious operator,” the 32-year-old known as “The Body Snatcher” said. “Once I beat Povetkin, let’s see what happens… I want to fight for the world title.”
Here’s how to catch all the action:
When is Povetkin vs. Whyte 2?
The bout is slated for March. 27, 2021. The event begins at 3 p.m. ET, with Povetkin and Whyte expected to make their ring walks around 4:30 p.m. ET — undercard-dependant.
Where is the fight taking place?
The rematch will take place in Gibraltar at the Europa Point Sports Complex.
How can I watch Povetkin vs. Whyte II?
In the US, viewers can catch the fight exclusively on DAZN. Subscribers can get access for $99.99 per year, or pay $19.99 a month.
Is there any history between Povetkin and Whyte?
The pair squared off in an August 2020 match in which Whyte dominated the opening four rounds, knocking Povetkin to the mat twice. The Russian, however, was able to land a miracle punch in the fifth round that downed Whyte via TKO for his second career defeat.
Who is the betting favorite?
Whyte (-350) is the favorite, per BetMGM, with Povetkin the underdog (+250). A draw is listed at +3300.
What is the full fight card?
Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) vs. Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) | Rematch for Povetkin’s WBC Interim Heavyweight title
Ted Cheeseman (16-2-1, 9 KOs) vs. James Metcalf (21-0, 13 KOs) | For the vacant British super-welterweight title
Chris Kongo (12-0, 7 KOs) vs. Michael McKinson (19-0, 2 KOs) | For WBO Kongo’s global welterweight title
Fabio Wardley (10-0, 9 KOs) vs. Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs) | Heavyweight
Erik Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Nick Webb (16-2, 12 KOs) | heavyweight
Campbell Hatton (pro debut) vs. Jesus Ruiz (0-10, 0 KOs) | Super-featherweight
Youssef Khoumari (11-0-1, 4 KOs) vs. Kane Baker (14-7) | Super-featherweight