Povetkin Blows Hot, Now Facing Johan Duhaupas

Povetkin Blows Hot – The WBC interim world heavyweight title fight between Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne scheduled for later today in Ekaterinburg, Russia is off in abrupt fashion. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, fresh off the WBC’s 54th annual convention in Miami, announced that Povetkin had tested positive for a banned substance which he identified as Ostarine. Also known as MK-2866, Ostarine is a SARM (selective androgen receptor module) created by GTx to avoid and treat muscle wasting.

Bermane Stiverne will not be fighting, but Povetkin, who is Russian and has strong backing there, will apparently fight anyway, despite the positive drug test. His new opponent is Johann Duhaupas (34-3) of France. Duhaupas, currently ranked #9 ranked by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, is best remembered for his September of 2015 KO loss to Deontay Wilder. Duhaupas won the vacant WBC Silver belt in his last outing when he stopped previously unbeaten Finnish standout Robert Helenius as an underdog.

 

Povetkin Blows Hot

Povetkin backer Andrei Ryabinsky firmly backed his fighter through a previous drug-related incident earlier this year that led Povetkin’s world title shot with Deontay Wilder to go by the wayside. Some people may find it strange that Povetkin is still fighting after testing positive, but an arrangement had been made to have Duhaupas ready to step in. It’s unlikely that Duhaupas came to Ekaterinburg just to catch the fight.

Much, much more to come on this bizarre, late breaking story.

For reference, below are the Tweets from Sulaiman and the WBC.

 

 

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Dammit! Da game is jived up! Let the users take the roids and scrap anyway. They will get their beat 99.8 percent of the time. Skills pay the bills. However, since the corrupted powers that be cannot apparently halt the using of the syet, start another bulljive title division for users. That will be another sanctioning fee to collect for the crooks that be. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Povetkin has always had a muscularity that was a bit suspicious. Very large shoulders. He almost looks like JMM. Still, he can punch and box and has always been one of my favorites so why he would resort to an enhancer is just a perplexing. Unnecessary, and totally dumb move. I enjoy watching Russian athletes but given the recent doping scandals in Russia, I now question them whenever one engages in any kind of competition.. Maybe cheating is imbedded and ingrained in them. I know they don't in weightlifting because of the close testing. At least I hope they don't. Power lifting is another story. BTW. This is now a mismatch


-Domenic :

Disgraceful. He did Wilder wrong, who travelled abroad to fight the guy and he gets busted, now this.