Whyte vs Povetkin, Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora, Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce, Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev and Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 were the headline acts for a huge summer in the heavyweight division before the coronavirus outbreak halted those plans.
The show is back on behind closed doors however with Whyte and Povetkin headlining the final show from the Matchroom Fight Camp in Eddie Hearn’s back garden in Brentwood, Essex.
The Brixton fighter remains the mandatory challenger for Fury’s WBC crown. It is no doubt a risky fight – should Povetkin become just the second man to beat him after Anthony Joshua, he will assume that title and be propelled towards what could be one last challenge for world title glory.
Both men fought on the Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr card last December – Whyte getting a comfortable points win over Mariusz Wach and Povetkin settling for a draw after heart-stopping war against Michael Hunter.
It will be a battle of the left hooks as the two meet in a bout that will have major implications at the top of the division.
Card in full
- Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon (undisputed lightweight title)
- Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin (heavyweight)
- Luther Clay vs Chris Kongo (WBO global welterweight title)
Date, start time and venue
Whyte vs Povetkin takes place on Saturday August 22 in the grounds of Matchroom’s headquarters in Brentwood, Essex.
The action is expected to get underway from 7pm with the the main event likely to be scheduled for around 10:30pm.
How to watch
The card will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office
You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport's LIVE blog.
Both men have been in wars over the years and each hold a knockout highlight reel that is as good as anyone else's at the top of the division.
At 40 years of age, there is a question however of how many big performances Povetkin has left in the tank, pushed all the way by Hunter last time out.
It's a tough fight to call given both men have the power to end the fight at any stage - we give it to Whyte via TKO in the late rounds.
- Whyte to win: 1/4
- Povetkin to win: 11/4
- Draw: 22/1
Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.
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