Povetkin B-Sample Comes Back Positive

Alexander Povetkin had multiple opportunities squandered in 2016 due to his inability to pass a drug test: a title fight with Deontay Wilder was cancelled early in the year, while his interim title fight with Bermane Stiverne fell through in December when Povetkin popped positive for Ostarine.

Though Povetkin’s team maintained his innocence, the heavyweight’s B-sample has come back positive for the drug.

Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky confirmed that the second test revealed the same substance as the original one, but reaffirmed that the amount of the banned substance in the boxer’s system was minimal. However, given that Povetkin has a history of testing positive for banned substances, the World Boxing Council is unlikely to let him off with a warning.

If Povetkin does face a suspension of any length, it could put his shot at challenging for a heavyweight title at risk. At 37 years old and with a number of young talents emerging at the top of the division, Povetkin may have lost his last title opportunity when the fight with Stiverne fell through.

As for Stiverne, who withdrew from the fight in December when the WBC no longer sanctioned it for a title, he may face Luis Ortiz or Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory title eliminator to see who gets the next shot at WBC champ Deontay Wilder.

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