Dillian Whyte handed medical ban following shock KO loss to Alexander Povetkin

Dillian Whyte has been handed a 28-day medical suspension after being knocked out by Alexander Povetkin.

The heavyweight was stopped in the fifth round by his Russian rival last Saturday as his world title dreams blew up in front of his eyes.

Whyte has since clamoured for an immediate rematch to be held in November or December and that remains on the cards after he was handed the shortest possible suspension.

The British Boxing Board of Control has the authority to impose a ban of between 28 and 45 days on any fighter who has been knocked out or stopped by punches.

Whyte's stoppage, which came after he had twice dropped Povetkin in the previous round, left him needing oxygen.

But assuming terms can be agreed with the victor for the second instalment, the Brit should have the opportunity to exact revenge this year.

In doing so, he hopes he can still convince the WBC to install him as the mandatory challenger to world champion Tyson Fury, a spot he lost in losing to Povetkin.

His promoter Eddie Hearn said: "Dillian has to go at the end of November at the latest

"That would mean a three week rest now and getting back into camp

"He’s physically fine, we know it was a bad knockout and there will be a 28-day suspension which won’t really affect this fight.

"There is going to be a big advantage for Povetkin and Whyte to do that fight before Wilder and Fury fight, because then they can push their position with the WBC.

"That’s something we’ve got to speak to Povetkin about. I think Dillian would be right and ready to box at the end of November.

"Lets see if Povetkin – we know he’s under contract for the rematch – but he’s got to be comfortable to take that fight at that period as well.

"I think all being well this fight could happen as early as November, but we’ll have to see how things go.

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