Povetkin Claims He’s Always Been Clean

While some in the boxing community are critical of Alexander Povetkin’s heavyweight title shot against Anthony Joshua this coming September because it’s yet again delayed a meeting between Joshua and Deontay Wilder, some feel Povetkin’s history shouldn’t allow him to have a title shot at all.

BoxingScene reports that Joshua feels if he faced any of the controversies Povetkin has faced, he would quit boxing — claiming he’d rather lose a fight clean than win one while doped up.

Povetkin, the WBA mandatory challenger, tested positive for meldonium back in May 2016 and for ostarine back in December 2016. The earlier positive test — which the WBC reportedly acted on before accepting his explanation that he took it prior to it being named on the sanctioning body’s banned substance list —caused the cancelation of a planned WBC title fight between Povetkin and Wilder. The December test gave him a suspension from WBC-sanctioned bouts before officially being banned for one year plus a fine of $245,000 (188,000 pounds).

Both Joshua and Povetkin have signed up for VADA testing in the lead up to their September clash for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, but Povetkin claims he has always been a clean fighter.

“First of all, I have been cleared of that suspension. I have been justified. And the court case that was ongoing with the team of Wilder has finished in our favour,” Povetkin said. “For me, it was very, very suspicious. I know that I am clean. I know that I was clean back then. All I can say is that I was accused of wrongdoing when I wasn’t. After the first time I was caught, I signed a secondary anti-doping full-time testing programme. Then what did I do? Right before the fight, I licked some meldonium or some ostarine to have no effect and be caught with it right before the fight.

“Does is sound realistic to you? The amount they found doesn’t give any effect so why would I ever want to do that. I have nothing to do with it, and I am very well deserved of the fight I am getting.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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