Alexander Povetkin expects to be ready for his twice-postponed rematch with Dillian Whyte in early Spring.

The WBC interim heavyweight champion has pulled out of November 21 and January 30 dates after contracting Covid-19 and being hospitalised on several occasions, but is now on the road to recovery.

The Russian veteran twice rose from the canvas to stun Whyte in five rounds last August before the Brixton banger immediately triggered a rematch clause.

Having lost around eight pounds during his illness (not as much as reported), the 41-year-old Povetkin has now begun light workouts as he starts his preparations for their sequel.

“Right now everything is fine. I have already started running, jumping, working on my punches. I have to recover quickly,” Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) told Tass.

“There were no complications, everything [in treatment] went well. As soon as they began to treat me in the hospital, the temperature dropped right away. There was, of course, some weakness in the body, but as a whole everything was in order, it’s a sin to complain.”

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