Povetkin, the 37-year-old heavyweight boxer, is clean from any doping, showed his new drug test. On Friday, Alexander’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky informed the public this fact on his Twitter.
A new drug test for Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin came back negative just days after his fight for an interim title was cancelled. This awkward situation arose many questions and spotted his reputation. Fortunately, on Friday, the head of the World of Boxing promotion company and Povetkin’s promoter Mr Ryabinskiy has cleared the situation, wrote this good news on Twitter.
Povetkin’s sample from December 6 was one in a series of negative results, and it was not announced to Povetkin until December 17, just on the eve of the scheduled interim title fight against Canadian heavyweight Bermane Stiverne. The most bitter thing in this situation is Mr Povetkin was disqualified and the important fight cancelled.
It isn’t the first unlucky moment with Povetkin’s tests, in May, the Russian boxer’s test from VADA showed a positive result. In the blood of an athlete was presented odious substance meldonium. That time Povetkin should fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. That fight was cancelled as well, but Povetkin managed to prove he had taken
Of course, May fight was cancelled as well, but Povetkin managed to prove he had taken meldonium before it was added to the list of banned drug, and avoided disqualification.
Povetkin and his reputation under question
This year, Povetkin was spotted too many times in the drug’s test with a positive result. This harms his reputation, even if he proves his innocence after all. Now, the scandal is going to chip away at his reputation, sports columnist Alan Moore believes.
“There’s money involved, there’s career involved, and reputation as well. People are going to look very very, let’s say, sideways at Alexander Povetkin from now on, and he will not be known as a good fighter.”
Many experts, athletes and promoters believe that the entire situation may raise questions over the entire testing system.