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Povetkin tests positive for Ostarine, bout with Stiverne off

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Alexander Povetkin set his sights on becoming a two-time heavyweight titleholder with a win over Bermane Stiverne on Saturday and victory over Deontay Wilder in 2017.

Instead, he’s a two-time drug offender after he tested positive for the banned substance and stamina enhancer Ostarine on Dec. 6, according to the WBC, which will no longer sanction Povetkin’s bout for an interim heavyweight title. The fight, which was set to take place at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia, where Povetkin is from, has been canceled with Stiverne saying he will no longer participate.

It’s the second time that Povetkin has tested positive for a banned substance after he was also found to have meldonium in his system in April before a May bout against WBC champion Wilder, that was also canceled by the WBC just nine days before it was to take place. Instead of punishing Povetkin, citing low levels of meldonium in his system, he was allowed to face Stiverne for an interim title by the WBC.

“The WBC hereby withdraws its sanctioning of the bout for the heavyweight interim world championship and will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the case,” the WBC said in a ruling on Saturday, “and will issue subsequent rulings as required.”

In a bizarre development, Johann Duhaupas replaced Stiverne and faced Povetkin on Saturday in the main event in Russia. There’s no word on why Povetkin was allowed to fight despite the failed test but he viciously knocked him out in the sixth round. Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing said on social media he was puzzled by the detection of Ostarine in his system. “Yes, Sasha has tested positive for Ostarine,” he wrote. “It’s not clear where it came from. We try to figure things out”.

Stiverne was prepared to face Povetkin in his attempt to eventually exact revenge against Wilder, who beat him in 2015 to win the WBC title. The winner of Povetkin-Stiverne would have been the mandatory to face Wilder. Stiverne said he planned to return to Las Vegas, where he lives and hopes the WBC makes him the mandatory to face Wilder in 2017.

“There’s no reason to fight if the WBC won’t sanction the bout,” Stiverne said in a prepared statement. “I’m very disappointed in the actions of Povetkin. I’ve been training for months to be victorious. To wake up the day of the fight, have breakfast, take a nap and wake up to find out he tested positive is the worst possible situation.”

 

 

  • donald hines

    ITS A WRAP FOR THE RUSSIANS!!! CHEATERS!!! IM NOT PREJUDICED BUT NOW ITS A PROVEN FACT!!! THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED NEAR A SPORTING EVENT!!! HE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY!!!

    • wayne reid

      Go easy on the ‘caps’

    • Kwame Johnson

      Go easy on the collectivism as well. It’s despicable to judge all Russians based on the behavior of 1 individual.

      • Harry

        Sure, Kovalev has never been caught with power enhancers. But Povetkin actually buried hie career by his unprofessionalism (Stiverne was absolutely right with this definition).

        • Baltic Bear

          He was justified last time, and he will be justified once again.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Actually Stiverne is full of shit – HE tested positive for Ostarine 5 months ago!

          But I respect the decision to pull out of the fight – not because I’m so convinced Stiverne is any cleaner than Povetkin but because without the WBC sanctioning the fight there was too little to gain in relation to the risk.

      • Adam Davies

        Not sure about ‘despicable’, but it’s bad form.

        • Kwame Johnson

          Collectivizing people based on the actions of others who share some type of superficial connection with them is despicable, IMO. I’m a proud individualist, though, so I’m sure that affects my POV.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        No but you;d think there would have been some official pressure on Povetkin behind the scenes to make sure he doesn’t make everyone else look bad, being that he’s already failed a test and knew he would be under the microscope and tested several times during preparations for this fight.

    • Baltic Bear
      • donald hines

        TOUGH GUY IN CYBER SPACE

        • Baltic Bear

          Must be a big surprise for you.

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    “he viciously knocked him out” what’s up with this writing? Povetkin needs to be banned from boxing.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      There is seldom a way other than “viciously”,..

      • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

        Lol, I meant how he said “he” and “him” it’s just vague. I figured he ment that povetkin knocked him out.

  • gandalla

    A ruskie using PED lies
    now he going to sue because the fight is off

  • Larry Connor

    That’s a damn shame

  • DBone

    Stiverne also tested positive for DMAA on Nov 15, but the fight wasn’t cancelled because he “took it by accident.”

    • Marchegiano

      Funny how the usual suspects don’t mention this fact.

      • DBone

        Just goes to show WBC drug testing is a joke.

  • Harry

    The author should know bettter that Povetkin does not come from Ekaterinburg. He comes from Kursk and trains in Chekhov near Moscow.

  • Baltic Bear

    And once again Povetkin will be justified by the court. An athlet cant be tested negative many times before the fight and spontaneously faill the last test. No doubt, it’s a setup. Stivern is such a coward. Just like WIlder.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I don’t think Stiverne is walking away from nearly as much money as Wilder did. Without the WBC recognizing the constest, there is not that much to gain except bragging rights between himself & Povetkin.

      • Baltic Bear

        We will see that. Last time with Wilder it turned out that WBC admited that Povetkin has a right for a title shot (or even fight for a interim title because of Wilders injury) . If this happens again, WBC might be even recognize Alexander’s fight against Johann Duhaupas (he won that today by KO instead of fight with Stiverne) as a #1 contender fight.

  • Robert Archambault

    And the fight went on with Stiverne replaced by another fighter who knocked Povetkin into next week. Hilarious!

    • BN

      It was Povetkin who knocked the other fighter into next week.

      • Robert Archambault

        Yes, sir! You are correct, sir! I only caught a quick report on the net in Russian and thought it was the opposite. Thank you for the correction. Now we can wait for Povetkin’s eventual excuse for this one and see if WBC really stand behind their new drug policy.

  • Chris Stans

    It’s just residual drugs in his system…again XD