Alexander Povetkin Back in The Good Graces of The IBF

By Igor Lazorin, tass

The International Boxing Federation [IBF] has officially exonerated Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin of any wrongdoing, according to the CEO of the World of Boxing, Andrey Ryabinsky.

Earlier today, the IBF reinstated Povetkin to their official ratings, where the Russian boxer now holds the 13th position. Povetkin is a former WBA "regular" heavyweight champion and a 2004 Olympic gold medal winner.

"Yes, this is so. Another boxing federation has removed all charges against Povetkin," Ryabinsky said.


A few weeks ago, the WBA and the WBO both embraced Povetkin back into their official ratings.

A few months ago, the WBC and the IBF suspended Povetkin from their ratings, whereas the WBO refused to return the prize fighter to their rankings after he had tested positive for ostarine last December. The WBA did not comment on the incident, but Povetkin was not on ranking list.

The doping test which Povetkin failed was taken on December 6, 2016, before a match in Yekaterinburg against Canada’s Bermane Stiverne for the interim-WBC world championship - but after Povetkin failed his test the contest was eventually cancelled when the WBC withdrew their sanction. Prior to that, a May 2016 showdown between Povetkin and WBC champion Deontay Wilder was also cancelled, because traces of meldonium had been found in a random drug test test.

On July 1, Povetkin (32-1, 23 KOs) defeated Andriy Rudenko (31-3, 19 KOs) of Ukraine by a twelve-round unanimous decision and captured the WBO International and WBA Continental heavyweight titles.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 07-07-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17836867]They have their flaws but on this issue with a known repeated offender [B]the World Boxing Council has separated itself[/B] as the leading sanctioning body on its policy for drug abuse and has stood for : fairness and the safety…

Comment by Rudiamonds on 07-06-2017

Money talks and who ever put him back in that ranking loses credibility smh WBC let be honest was always the main belt to get ...I hope they don't Acept him back in the ranking

Comment by respectthebrush on 07-06-2017

I told you guys complaining about Pac and Floyd it doesn't matter. They weren't even caught and catch more hell than the guys that are. ****ing hilarious.

Comment by //// on 07-06-2017

- Try to ruin his career over a completely legal, way below WADA limit meldonium detection where he broke zero rules. - Gets caught red-handed on an actual anabolic PED... No punishment, it's all good! Boxing...

Comment by Beercules on 07-06-2017

#HeIsInnocent #RacistAgainstRussians #BLM

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