Published: Mon, December 19, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Russian boxer Povetkin fails doping test, loses title shot

Olympic gold medal victor Alexander Povetkin (31-1-0, 23 KO's) believes Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KO's) had no intention of fighting him and didn't properly train for the fight.

"There's no reason to fight if the WBC won't sanction the bout", Stiverne, 38, said in a statement.

Russian media reported that Povetkin's team had tried to persuade Stiverne to go ahead with the fight despite the failed test but that Stiverne had refused.

But late Friday night, World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that Povetkin had tested positive for a banned substance.

However reports from with a source from the CEO world series of boxing chief Andrei Ryabinsky, who promotes Alexander Povetkin reporting a deal was reached with WBC Silver champion Johann Duhaupas to replace Stiverne.

Povetkin escaped a WBC ban in April despite failing for the banned heart attack drug meldonium.

But the WBC withdrew their recognition of the fight and launched an investigation following the failure. "I took it so hard", Povetkin was quoted as saying by Tass. That's pointless. I do not know how that got in my body.

Povetkin missed out on a title bout with Deontay Wilder of the United States after testing positive for meldonium. For sure, he needed more preparation to fight against someone like Povetkin but it was a very exceptional situation and we regret nothing. Povetkin admitted to taking the drug previous year, when it was still legal.

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