On January 30th 2016, Sergey Kovalev will put his light-heavyweight titles on the line against Jean Paschal in Montreal. This week the two fighters met at a press conference in promotion of the fight. Here's some of the snaps from this week's events (photos credit: Bob Lévesque). ________________________________________________________________________________
Alexander Povetkin’s New Sample Clear
Boxing News and Views have received the following press release from Alexander Povetkin’s representatives in Russia.
The new doping test of the Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin, taken May 17, 2016, showed no traces of Meldonium.
This was reported today by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) with reference to the results of analyses conducted by the laboratory in Los Angeles.
The sample taken a week earlier also lacked traces of Meldonium. Thus, only one of Povetkin’s six samples revealed extremely low concentrations of the prohibited drug.
The new result proves that the positive sample in April was a residual effect of Mildronat taken last year. If the drug was taken in the period between April 11 and 27, traces would also have been found in the latest tests.
A.Ryabinsky, Povetkin’s promoter said:
“I want to emphasize that Alexander Povetkin has never taken any prohibited drugs. We will have to suit our American counterparts and some of the US tabloids that have expressed extremely unjustified views. One of them might be Dan Rafael from ESPN.”
According to Ryabinsky, the postponed fight should take place by the end of the year. Ryabinsky also posted the following tweet via his verified Twitter account today:
Alexander Povetkin’s new sample clear. We are waiting for our opponents and some journalists to apologize… Or pay for their words)
— Рябинский Андрей (@Ryabinskiy) May 31, 2016
The Povetkin – Wilder fight was supposed to take place on May 21 at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow. But it was postponed after one of the samples showed traces of Meldonium in extremely low concentrations – 70 nanograms.
According to WADA rules, if the doping test was carried out after March 1, 2016, and the substance content in it amounted to less than 1 µg further investigations are required to find out when the drug was taken.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) has not yet taken a decision on cancelling the fight or disqualifying Povetkin. The organization plans to conduct its own investigation.