BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE

BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE

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BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE
BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE

BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE

– Russia’s Alexander Povetkin has tested positive for meldonium ahead of his WBC world title fight with Deontay Wilder.

BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE
Povetkin in black shorts

BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE

Russia’s Alexander Povetkin has tested positive for meldonium ahead of his WBC world title fight with Deontay Wilder.

The heavyweight boxer tested positive on Friday after meldonium was detected in his system.

A spokesman for the Russian said that the 36-year-old returned “low concentrations” of the substance in a blood sample in April.

With the failed test of World Anti-Doping Agency by Alexander, it is uncertain whether his fight later this month will still be able to happen.

Povetkin’s promoters say the WBC will now decide whether the 21 May fight with Wilder in Moscow can go ahead.

BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE

The World Anti-Doping Agency said in September it was adding meldonium to its banned list from 1 January 2016.

And since then,                Povetkin’s recent case won’t be the first of athlets failing the test.

Andrei Ryabinsky, the head of Mir Boksa promotions, described the situation as “ambiguous“.

 

“He consumed it in September last year. He has not taken it since 1 January,” he added.

 

“We have been in contact with the World Boxing Council, which is to decide if Povetkin’s boxing bout against Deontay Wilder will take place or not.”

 

Povetkin’s fight against American Wilder, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, is due to take place at the Megasport complex in the Russian capital.

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Povetkin unsuccessfully challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts in 2013 – his sole defeat in 31 career bouts to date

BOXER ALEXANDER POVETKIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE