Hearn Says Povetkin Will Be VADA Tested For Joshua Clash

Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), is not worried about the drug testing path of Alexander Povetkin.

Joshua is going face Povetkin, who is the WBA's mandatory challenger, in the fall.

Povetkin had more than his fair share of drug testing issues in 2016.

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In May of 2016, he was scheduled to fight WBC world champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in Moscow, Russia. 

Two weeks before the contest could take place, Povetkin had failed a drugs test when he tested positive for meldonium. And then in December of the same year, he was scheduled to fight former world champion Bermane Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title. And that fight was called off when Povetkin tested positive for ostarine.

But some controversy began earlier this year, when information began to circulate that Povetkin had not been drug tested during training camp when he fought David Price on the undercard of Joshua vs. Joseph Parker in March. Povetkin was only tested once when he arrived in the UK - and scored a brutal knockout over Price in five rounds.

According to Hearn, Povetkin will be tested by VADA - and the testing protocol is starting right away.

“He’s already signed to the VADA testing. There is something that we do for every fight, for every opponent from 16 weeks out, which is we pay 50 grand for additional VADA testing. So that was done for Klitschko, that was done for [Joseph] Parker, that was done for [Kubrat] Pulev [who was scheduled to fight Joshua in October 2017 but got injured], so they will be testing him six, seven, eight times in addition to the programme that he’s already sent out," Hearn told Boxing News

They [Povetkin’s team] were happy to put that in. That was something that they were including in their terms as well as our terms. I think that they know the history and the reputation. They want to prove that if they win, there’s absolutely no question marks. So that VADA testing I think will be underway from [this past Friday] until the fight. It’s not going to be six weeks or eight weeks, it’s starting now. That’s obviously very important to us.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jimmy gold on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18910128]So AJ turned down $50 million for an easy fight? somethings wrong with your logic well AJ is the a side so idk

Comment by Jkp on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=Jimmy gold;18908488]And he will crush povetkin then crush Beyoncé wilder easy[/QUOTE] So AJ turned down $50 million for an easy fight? somethings wrong with your logic.

Comment by genrick on 07-02-2018

Glad this fight is happening. Instead of that fight with a clown with A side mentality. And he's fighting slow ass molasses Breazeale. This is interesting.

Comment by AdonisCreed on 07-02-2018

That's the risk you take when dealing with a repeat ped offender Hearn lol I hope they have a late replacement on standby!! :) War Povetkin!! Make sure you cycle off at the right time brother lol

Comment by AdonisCreed on 07-02-2018

Hekk both are juicing let these guys beef up and make this a epic battle similar to the Avengers Infinity Wars with AJ wearing the gauntlet!! Who knows one might even pull off a Kai blast DBZ style if we're…

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