Reports have emerged that only one week before his WBC heavyweight title challenge against Deontay Wilder, that Russian Alexander Povetkin has allegedly failed a pre-fight drug test. The fight is due to take place next week in Russia (May 21st) at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow but it is now unclear as to what will happen. ESPN's Dan Rafael initially…
Confirmed: Wilder vs Povetkin Postponed
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:
— 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)