Hearn: Povetkin Under Frequent Testing
Heading into the biggest fight Alexander Povetkin has had, questions sill linger over the former world champion who has failed two drug tests in a single year.
Povetkin would fail two drug tests in 2016, the first prior to a fight against Deontay Wilder, testing positive for meldonium, and then testing positive for ostarine before facing former WBC champion Bermane Stiverne.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, claims that Povetkin has been tested heavily during his 12-week training camp, and will undergo further testing upon his arrival to the United Kingdom this week.
“Once he gets into the country this week, UKAD will start as well,” Hearn said this week. “For me that test is not irrelevant, but it’s not as important as testing nine, 10, 11, 12 weeks out.”
“Every fight we do with Joshua, of course he is on UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), but we also sign up to additional Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing, which comes 12 weeks before the fight.
Hearn estimates that “five or six” tests have been conducted by VADA heading into the September 22nd fight, and that he’s “very comfortable and confident that that’s been dealt with.”
“Once he gets into the country this week, UKAD will start as well. For me that test is not irrelevant, but it’s not as important as testing nine, 10, 11, 12 weeks out.”
Initial Report: The Daily Star