Former WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin has been cleared by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
Povetkin was recently informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that tests performed on May 15 and May 16 reported negative results. Povetkin remarked that he is looking forward to being tested by VADA and competing at a world class level and added he wants to prove to everybody that he is a clean fighter and that he can become a world champion again.
The Russian boxer said VADA is recognized as the highest standard for doping control in boxing and he wants to prove through his testing with them that he is clean and will work hard towards his dream of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world once again. Povetkin also commented that he had never tried to avoid any of the testing that he had done in the past, and added he personally signed up for the VADA Clean Boxing program and he will continue his participation in the program working towards his goal.
The Russian professional boxer who held the WBA heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013 has now been reinstated into the rating system, according to CEO of the World of Boxing, Andrey Ryabinsky. The Russian boxing promoter Ryabinsky remarked Alexander Povetkin will be boxing in the next years for sure. Ryabinsky also commented that the World Boxing Council is starting to hear out our side of the story, and he thinks they will take some measures, but there are no timelines. He also said Povetkin has been reinstated in the WBA and WBO, and the titles are on the line in the fight against Andrey Rudenko. Ryabinsky also commented that Povetkin will rejoin the International Boxing Federation (IBF), as well as in the WBC.
Povetkin will hold his next fight on July 1 against Ukraine’s Andrey Rudenko in Moscow where the WBO and WBA international titles will be on the line. The boxer had tested positive for MK-2866 (Ostarine). The positive test was taken on December 6, 2016, before a match in Yekaterinburg against Bermane Stiverne of Canada for the title of interim WBC world champion that was eventually canceled.
Vadim Kornilov, manager to Ruslan Provodnikov and some others commented that Alexander is very excited about the upcoming challenge from Andriy Rudenko. Kornilov added he looks forward to moving through the rankings towards a world title opportunity against any political or non-political barriers and also remarked we are pleased working with VADA and are currently working on the best possible plan with the organizations that are happy to work with Povetkin and hopefully have him as one of their champions one day, but for now his focus is completely on July 1 and Andriy Rudenko.
Povetkin is credited with winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics, a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships, and consecutive gold medals at the 2002 and 2004 European Championships. The boxer from Russia won his first major boxing tournament at the Russian Championships in 2000 at the age of 21.
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