Povetkin Blames “Tainted Meat” for PED Test

Alexander Povetkin won a fight in Russia on Saturday, but it wasn’t the fight he wanted. The planned interim title fight between he and Bermane Stiverne fell through at the last minute, when Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance ostarine.

Povetkin instead faced last-minute replacement Johann Duhaupas, and knocked him out within six rounds. But the Russian heavyweight risks suspension due to his failed test (his second in the span of a year).

Povetkin’s team maintains his innocence, and his promoter Andrei Ryabinsky said that Povetkin will be taking a lie detector test to prove it.

“The entire team of Povetkin will undergo a polygraph test this week,” Ryabinsky said, per Boxing Scene.

The World Boxing Council is looking into Povetkin’s failed test and said that he may indeed be suspended if their findings are conclusive.

The substance Povetkin tested positive for is ostarine, which is used during training and can build endurance. It has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances since 2008.

Previously in 2016, Povetkin failed a test for meldonium, which was only recently banned and Povetkin admitted to having taken when it was still legal. Due to that positive test, he was pulled from a planned title fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

According to Ryabinsky, he believes that Povetkin may have ingested the banned substance without knowing it — through tainted meat.

“It is possible that ostarine could enter the body of Alexander through meat,” Ryabinsky said. “We are not trying to build a conspiracy theory, but it could very well happen because some animal manufacturers feed their livestock these type of drugs.”

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