Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will discover themselves caught between a rock and a tough place once they meet of their highly-anticipated rematch this weekend.
The primary combat came about on the Matchroom HQ, however have now swapped Eddie Hearn’s again backyard for Gibraltar – dubbed ‘Rumble on the Rock’. The federal government has even commissioned a commemorative £2 coin to have a good time the bout.
British heavyweight Whyte was shocked by the Russian in August final yr when he was caught by a heavy proper hand initially of the fifth spherical and knocked out.
The 2 have been set to fulfill in a rematch in November however Povetkin examined constructive for coronavirus and it needed to be postponed.
Their second conflict was then presupposed to usher within the new yr however, initially of January, boxing was suspended amid the rising coronavirus circumstances within the UK.
Promoter Hearn then confirmed information that the combat had been pushed again by three weeks on February 20 and moved to Gibraltar.
He stated: “Within the present surroundings we’re all the time having to suppose on our toes.
“We did the whole lot to attempt to make March 6 occur, however with the brand new journey restrictions it was not possible.
“Now now we have one thing exterior the field, compelling, and a singular setting for one of many heavyweight fights of the yr.
“Roll on the Rumble on the Rock!”
Matchroom have put loads of measures in place to verify the combat goes forward on Saturday, with the principle card beginning at 10:30pm.
Travelling to Gibraltar
Matchroom are making certain everybody has been travelling to the nation in type by chartering jets to take home fighters and workers there.
Whyte has been primarily based in Portugal, which induced issues initially as journey restrictions would have disrupted his coaching schedule.
That’s when the choice was made to maneuver it to Gibraltar.
Hearn informed iFTV: “I spoke to Staff Povetkin they usually understood – they pulled out beforehand with COVID. They have been proud of Gibraltar. The sports activities minister there and the chief minister are completely over the moon.”
The British Boxing Board of Management will nonetheless be the fee in charge of the occasion.
“There has by no means been a boxing occasion in Gibraltar – so there’s a lot they’ve to be proud of,” stated Hearn. “We’ve acquired to usher in the fitting medical doctors and medical crew, ensure that the whole lot is about up with native hospitals.
“The board will probably be throughout that. That’s what they’re elected to do. We don’t wish to herald a brand new fee which has by no means executed a giant combat earlier than. It’s British territory as nicely.”
Whyte and Povetkin will probably be staying in a £143milion super-yacht forward of the combat.
It stretches 465 toes and is seven tales excessive, making it one of many largest yachts on the planet.
The Sunborn Lodge boasts 189 rooms from twin-rooms to the penthouse suite – with some reportedly costing as a lot as £2,000 an evening.
There are a number of eating places on board and it additionally options its very personal on line casino, spa and health suite.
It’s virtually reminiscent to yacht Conor McGregor stayed on earlier than he was overwhelmed by Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in January.
Sky Sports activities reporter Matthew Macklin made that comparability to Whyte in an interview on Monday, however the Physique Snatcher was not overly impressed.
The combat will probably be held on the Europa Level Sports activities Advanced and the situation is gorgeous.
Hearn posted photos on Instagram exhibiting how spectacular the environment to the venue are.
It has a capability of simply over 8,000 and is the nationwide stadium of Gibraltar.
It was beforehand a Ministry of Defence cricket pitch and is on the southern tip of the island.