Eddie Hearn has revealed that Dillian Whyte will have to be patient and wait until January 30 for his heavyweight rematch against Alexander Povetkin.
Povetkin was forced to pull out of the originally scheduled rematch with Whyte on November 21 at Wembley Arena after he was hospitalised with coronavirus.
Povetkin had stunned Whyte by knocking him out in August in the fifth round and the Brit, who was left needing oxygen after a brutal uppercut, is now looking for his revenge.
Dillian Whyte will have to wait until January 30 for his rematch with Alexander Povetkin
Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to announce the rematch between Whyte and Povetkin soon
But Matchroom promoter Hearn claimed that the December fight schedule - featuring the likes of Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Co - is too full to fit the rematch in.
Rival Derek Chisora had offered to step in and fight Whyte - who had been hoping to secure a mandatory bout with Fury prior to the Povetkin defeat - after his unanimous decision loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
However, Hearn has admitted that Povetkin or potentially a mega showdown with Fury - who is yet to agree a deal with an opponent for his UK homecoming on December 5 - would excite Whyte at this point in time.
Hearn told reporters: 'The fight that [Whyte] wants more than anything is Alexander Povetkin.
Whyte's title hopes were in tatters after losing to 41-year-old Povetkin back in August
'I think that he has to rectify that defeat or try to rectify that defeat.
'There is one fight that I believe he would take, and that's Tyson Fury on December 5.
'I'm not sure we'd expect that to happen but, at the end of the day, unquestionably Dillian Whyte would fight Tyson Fury on December 5 - if they wanted to discuss that fight.'
Whyte looks set to bide his