Whyte needs to be protected, it would be ‘crazy’ to make Povetkin rematch in November

Frank Warren has told talkSPORT that a potential quick turnaround for Dillian Whyte to rematch Alexander Povetkin should not happen.

Britain’s ‘Body Snatcher’ was knocked out by the Russian on Saturday night and subsequently stated that he planned to activate his contractual clause to force a return.

Whyte needs to be protected, it would be 'crazy' to make Povetkin rematch in November

Povetkin knocked Whyte cold in round five

However, Warren, who represents Tyson Fury and Daniel Dubois, raised concerns after hearing Eddie Hearn’s indications that they’re planning the second fight for just three months’ time.

Warren told talkSPORT’s James Savundra: “I’m a bit surprised they’re talking about trying to get it on in November.

“Straight away when you get knocked out, the British Boxing Board of Control give a minimum 28/30 days [medical suspension] before you can even get back into the gym and resume sparring.

Whyte needs to be protected, it would be 'crazy' to make Povetkin rematch in November

Tyson Fury is co-promoted by Frank Warren and Bob Arum

“But when you get a bad knockout, and that was a bad knockout, sometimes they extend that to maybe 45 days.

“To be saying they’re gonna put that fight back on again in November is crazy.

“Anybody around Dillian Whyte – and I’m sure Dillian would fight him tomorrow – but anyone around him needs to protect him and ensure that doesn’t happen.”

Hearn said part of the reason for wanting to make the rematch so quickly would be that it would be beneficial for the winner’s WBC mandatory chase to get in ahead of the Fury vs Wilder trilogy bout.

Whyte needs to be protected, it would be 'crazy' to make Povetkin rematch in November

Whyte and Hearn spoke post-fight about the rematch

Warren continued: “I’m not saying that because I’m thinking, ‘Oh, if he beats Povetkin we’re back to the same [mandatory] situation as before,’ because we’re not.

“The WBC have said Povetkin is 12 months down the road before Tyson has to make that mandatory defence.

“And even if Dillian Whyte were to beat him, that would be the same position again, so it would be 12 months down the road.

“That’s not why I’m saying. I’m saying they should be caring about his health.”

Daniel Dubois vs Ricardo Snijders is live on talkSPORT this Saturday 29 August with coverage starting from 9pm here.

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