WILDER-POVETKIN HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY POSTPONED

WILDER-POVETKIN HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY POSTPONED

By Hector Franco

It was announced today via websites boxingscene.com and ringtv.com that the WBC has made a decision regarding the Deontay Wilder-Alexander Povetkin heavyweight title bout.  The bout will be postponed until further notice.  Povetin failed a drug test conducted on April 27th. He was tested by the Volunteer Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) and tested positive on his ‘A’ sample for a substance called meldonium. It is also known as mildronate.  The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently banned the substance on January 1, 2016.  This was the WBC’s statement released earlier today.

“The World Boxing Council is diligently addressing the positive test result from the Clean Boxing Program for mandatory heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin. Keeping the priority of safety and also the principle of justice, the WBC will continue the investigation into the case. Consequently, the event scheduled for May 21 in Moscow is hereby officially postponed. The WBC will be releasing more information in the coming days regarding the final ruling on the matter”.

This is a big blow to the entire heavyweight division and the sport of boxing in general. The bout between Wilder and Povetkin was one of the most anticipated match ups this year. Many fans were intrigued when the bout was first announced earlier this year.   Not many expected Wilder to face Povetkin, let alone in Povetkin’s home country of Russia. 

Because of the controversy surrounding PED’s in the country of Russia and the substance meldonium, the WBC has done the right thing in postponing the bout to ensure that their champion; Deontay Wilder is in a fair fight. As of now the bout is only postponed and not canceled. Fans are being left unsure as to how long the bout could be postponed and if both men will take bouts in the interim.  Drug testing and PED usage in the sport of boxing isn’t a black and white issue. Hopefully, the WBC can shed more light on meldonium and its potential effects on athletes. Boxing fans will be awaiting the results of the investigation by the WBC. 

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