DiBella: We Won Wilder's Lawsuit Against Povetkin, Promoter

By Keith Idec

Deontay Wilder didn’t get the chance to beat Alexander Povetkin in the ring, but he did defeat him in court.

Promoter Lou DiBella sent out a Tweet on Monday afternoon that indicated a jury in a Manhattan federal court ruled in favor of Wilder in the WBC heavyweight champion’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against Povetkin and his promoter, Andrey Ryabinsky. Wilder sued for $5 million in damages because their May 21 fight in Moscow was canceled due to Povetkin’s postitive test for meldonium, a banned performance-enhancing drug.

Wilder was supposed to make $4.5 million for that title defense, his split of a purse bid won by Russia’s Ryabinsky. The WBC canceled the Wilder-Povetkin fight six days before it was supposed to take place.

Russia’s Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs), who attended the trial, was the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s title when he tested positive. Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), who also attended the trial, is scheduled to make an optional defense of his title against Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on February 25 in Birmingham, Alabama (FOX).



Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Biolink on 04-20-2018

Yeah he's "made" more than he did for the Ortiz fight. Whyte wouldn't be his highest payout

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Comment by Lester Tutor on 02-14-2017

THunderdork boxing, ''well it wasn'T Meldonium...not a cheater..''

Comment by BoxHec on 02-14-2017

[QUOTE=aldo5408;17422752] God bless America Can't stop won't stop USSR with another L[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;17422752]Lmao another L for the cheaters :usa::usa1::usa2:[/QUOTE] So those "strong" russians were like good dogs in front of an American's judge in the U.S and despite that they…

Comment by TheUptownKid on 02-13-2017

[QUOTE=New England;17422749]wilder might be the most annoying HW in the world with that bomb squad crap, but i'm glad povetkin and that filthy promotor of his are going to get pinched. the idea that somebody could fail a drug test…

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