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Hearn: Povetkin Had Loads of PED Tests For Joshua Fight

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been assured he will be facing a clean fighter when he steps in the ring to face Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.

Joshua, 28, defends his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO titles against former champion Povetkin at Wembley.

But question marks remain over Povetkin who previously failed two drug tests in one year - first for endurance-enhancing meldonium ahead of a fight with Deontay Wilder and then for muscle-building ostarine ahead of a clash with Bermane Stiverne.

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But Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the Russian has been heavily tested during his 12-week training camp to prove he is clean.

And he will face further tests when he arrives in the UK this week.

Hearn said: “Povetkin had loads of tests. Every fight we do with Joshua, of course he is on UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), but we also sign up to additional Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing, which comes 12 weeks before the fight.

“Off the top of my head there have been five or six tests from VADA for Povetkin, not from the Russian one. They will go into his camp and that’s been done from 12 weeks out.

“I’m very comfortable and confident that that’s been dealt with.

“Once he gets into the country this week, UKAD will start as well. For me that test is not irrelevant, but it’s not as important as testing nine, 10, 11, 12 weeks out.

“Never say never, but I’m confident with what has been put in place.”

Povetkin is the underdog but Hearn believes the challenger will be fired up to score a PR win for Russian against arguably Britain’s biggest sports star.

Relations between the two nations are poor thanks to the Salisbury Novichok poisonings.

“He has not just got his team, but the country and dare I say, the government behind him,” said Hearn. “They are all involved.

“This is like a mission from them to beat Britain and for a Russian to become the world heavyweight champion.

“He and his team know how important this is for them and for Povetkin nationally.

“This is not just about him personally winning a title, this is a major, major thing if Povetkin could stick one on a Brit.

“I think it adds a bit of spice to be honest with you.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Awhispersecho on 09-18-2018

Povetkin doesn't have a chance in hell here. Even if he was on the juice. He's at a distinct height and reach advantage and even if he lands power shots, he will be lunging and jumping to land them. They…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19117409]Whats Tyson Fury got to do with this?[/QUOTE] My comment has nothing to do with Tyson fury... It's refered to whom it may concern above.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19117400]Some haters claim to be from the UK part of the box but no one gives a heck. Either you buy the fight or not, it doesn't stop [B]the people's champ[/B] to do what he knows how to do best.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-18-2018

If he's trying to promote this fight he should be acting like the PED stuff is more questionable lol. Thats how you hype this fight better. Have cats thinking they might be seeing Joshua vs some PED'd up monster.

Comment by Laligalaliga on 09-18-2018

Some haters claim to be from the UK part of the box but no one gives a heck. Either you buy the fight or not, it doesn't stop the people's champ to do what he knows how to do best.

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