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The WBC World Heavyweight Championship fight between Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO’s) and Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KO’s) is up in the air at the moment, and will definitely not happen this weekend.  Wilder’s co manager says the fight is definitely canceled, because Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance, while WBC president Mauricio Sulliman says it’s not cancelled but postponed.  So which one is it?  Cancelled or postponed?  Sulliman made it seem like the fight will take place on a later date, and Wilder would fight the next ranked contender which would be Bermane Stiverne.  In all seriousness, the fight should be canceled, Povetkin should lose his #1 contender spot, and he should also be suspended.  Wilder had a few choice words for Povetkin via TuscaloosaNews.com saying, “They conducted themselves in a cowardly way and should be punished for their actions.”  If they were scared they should’ve not wasted time and let it be known. This is a dangerous sport, and it’s OK to be afraid of me. Hey, I am the champion.”

Povetkins promoter, Andrey Ryabinskiy, had a press conference in Russia to address the issue, and told FightNews.com, “Povetkin didn’t fail a doping test.  He has 15 times lower meldonium concentration than the limit established by WADA. Now we need to pass additional tests, then we will set a new date of the fight and do it.”  He added that Povetkin tested positive on April 27th, after testing negative on April 7th, 8th, and 11th.  The WBC will be the ultimate deciding factor whether the fight will be set for a later date, or simply just cancelled, and as of right now, it is said to be postponed until a later undisclosed date.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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