Confirmed: Wilder vs Povetkin Postponed

Published On May 15, 2016 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News

The news that many boxing fans dreaded has now been made official.

Following an alleged positive drug test for Russian Alexander Povetkin ahead of what was expected to be next weekend’s WBC heavyweight title showdown with champion Deontay Wilder, the governing body sanctioning the fight (the WBC) have called off the bout for the time being:

The WBC is confirming that the May 21 @BronzeBomber vs @A_Povetkin is postponed.

Vía @wbcmoropic.twitter.com/YMfdURzWhV

— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) May 15, 2016

The World Boxing Council had previously released a statement on their website prior to today’s announcement, that mentioned they would be investigating the matter further – but the news that no one wanted has now been unfortunately made real, ahead of what would have been a terrific fight.

Neither fighter or their respective camps have made any comment as of yet, with the new date for the fight being unclear at this point, or what potentially could happen to Povetkin’s current mandatory contender status with the WBC for Wilder’s belt.

(Image source and credit: WBC twitter)

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