It was hoped that Whyte vs Povetkin could usher in the return of elite sport but the situation has been monitored day-by-day and now their clash has been shelved, with the British Boxing Board extending its ban on all UK bouts to the end of May at least.
So when will it now happen? Here’s what we know about the heavyweight showdown so far.
Whyte vs Povetkin: Date and time
Dillian Whyte beat Mariusz Wach in Saudi Arabia last December on the undercard for Anthony Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.
Povetkin was also on that card and fought out an exciting draw with American Michael Hunter.
The two heavyweights, who have both lost to Joshua, were set to meet at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, May 2.
On the undercard, Katie Taylor was due to face Amanda Serrano while Callum Johnson was slated take on Igor Mikhalkin in Manchester.
But the coronavirus pandemic has forced the card to be rearranged.
Matchroom say it Whyte vs Povetkin will now take place on Saturday, July 4 but the situation is still being monitored as the country moves forward during the lockdown.
Whyte vs Povetkin: Tale of the tape
Whyte – Povetkin
Nationality: British – Russian
Age: 31 – 40
Height: 6ft 4 – 6ft 2
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 78 – 75in
Record: 27-1-0 – 35-2-1
KOs: 18 – 24
Rounds: 155 – 255
Debut: 13/5/2011 – 11/6/2005
Alias: The Body Snatcher – Russian Vityaz