Eddie Hearn worried Dillian Whyte will attack Alexander Povetkin at hotel


Eddie Hearn worried Dillian Whyte will attack Alexander Povetkin at hotel before Fight Camp bout

The British heavyweight could be put in his own on-site Winnebago (Picture: Getty Images)

Eddie Hearn has sensationally claimed that he will need to exile Dillian Whyte from the Fight Camp hotel because he is concerned the Brit will attack Alexander Povetkin before their fight.

The two heavyweights are due to clash at Matchroom HQ on Saturday August 22, though they will see plenty of each other in the build-up as they are both staying in the Fight Camp quarantine ‘bubble’.

But Hearn says Whyte can be very ‘unpleasant’ during fight week and fears he may clash with Povetkin before they get in the ring, even proposing putting him up in a trailer on site.

Whyte is the heavy favourite to beat 40-year-old Russian veteran Povetkin (Picture: Getty)

Revealing his fears to Sky Sports, Hearn said: ‘Look, we’ve had fighters in the last three weeks that haven’t been the superstar names and they’ve been a delight to deal with. Next week, the egos come to town.

‘No criticism of the fighters, but we’re talking about undisputed champions. We’re talking about number one ranked heavyweights. We’re talking about Olympic gold medallists.

‘And all of sudden the setup changes completely and having spoken to Dillian Whyte I have to raise concerns to the British Boxing Board of Control about people like – and this is my main concern – Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin being in the same hotel.

‘Because the issue is not just they’re in the same hotel on different floors, they’re on the same floor. They’re on the same corridor. If Dillian Whyte bumps into Alexander Povetkin in the corridor, or out here on the grass, we can’t be responsible for the consequences.

‘Katie Taylor and Define Persoon is super icy, they don’t like each other and there’s already bad blood, but I think they’ve got enough about themselves to keep themselves to themselves.

‘What we don’t want to see is Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte rolling down that hill, onto the A12 and having a tear up. We’ll save that for Saturday night, Sky Sports Box Office.

‘But I do have concerns that I’m raising to the British Boxing Board of Control. I spoke to Dillian Whyte earlier, we’re talking about potentially hiring a Winnebago for him to live in, in a secluded area, quarantined off, attached to the hotel.

Boxing - Matchroom Boxing Photocall - Brentwood, Britain - July 29, 2020 Promoter Eddie Hearn poses with the ring during a photocall Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Hearn is staging Fight Camp in the grounds of Matchroom HQ in Brentwood (Picture: Getty)

‘Bit quirky I know, but I’m struggling to find another solution. We’ve got these regulations and responsibilities in place in terms of quarantine and testing, but we also have a big concern that everybody is on top of each other.

‘You can’t ignore people, you can’t stay away from people. And Dillian Whyte in fight week is not a pleasant individual, to be honest with you. So for the safety of the event I would like to find a way to segregate Whyte and Povetkin for next week.’

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