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Deontay Wilder blasts WBC for slow investigation into Povetkin doping

Fighters Network
Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions.

Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions.

Deontay Wilder lashed out at the WBC for its snail-like pace in its investigation into Alexander Povetkin’s positive drug test for the banned substance Meldonium and for not imposing punishment.

The WBC launched an inquiry after it canceled their May 21 bout in Moscow; Povetkin has kept his status as the top-ranked heavyweight in the WBC’s rankings, behind Wilder, the WBC titleholder. In the ensuing months, the WBC has released a series of statements, suggesting the investigation was close to being complete only for it to continue. The WBC caught Povetkin under the Clean Boxing Program in partnership with VADA.

“I haven’t heard nothing,” Wilder told on Wednesday of the WBC investigation. “The last time I heard, something was supposed to happen in June and it didn’t happen. I don’t even know what to say about it anymore. It’s like to the point of, why do we have a Clean Boxing Program when there’s no repercussions behind it if you get caught? It’s good to make people aware of what’s taking place with illegal substances and drugs and who is using it. But if there are no consequences behind your actions, then what good does it do?”

Wilder and Povetkin’s side have filed lawsuits against the other over the fight’s cancellation and some have whispered the WBC could be waiting for the lawsuits to be resolved before making a decision. The WBC’s president, Mauricio Sulaiman didn’t immediately respond to an email for comment.