Povetkin KOs Last-Minute Replacement
Alexander Povetkin may have gotten a win on Saturday, but it will not be miniscule when compared to what he lost.
Povetkin was originally scheduled to challenge Bermane Stiverne for the WBC interim heavyweight championship, but Povetkin failed a drug test. As a result, the WBC pulled its sanctioning from the bout, and Stiverne opted not to fight, stating the bout was pointless without the commission’s stamp of approval.
Stiverne was replaced at the last minute by WBC silver titlist Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas. Their fight at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia, was scheduled for 10 rounds. Povetkin, however, needed only six to get a knockout win. Povetkin slowly gained control over the fight, but then landed a trio of hard hands to drop Duhaupas right before the end of the sixth.
Of course, this win will have an asterisk next to it thanks to the failed drug test. The WBC has launched an investigation into the failed test.
This is not the first time Povetkin has failed a drug test before a title fight. He was previously scheduled to fight Devontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title but meldonium was located in his test sample.