Povetkin's Drug Test From December 13 Comes Back Clean

By Igor Lazorin, tass

A new twist in the drug testing saga of Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, who is accused of doping violations.

On Saturday, December 17, Povetkin knocked out France's Johann Duhaupas in six rounds. The non-title 10 round fight held in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg. 

Povetkin was originally scheduled to face Canada’s Bermane Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title but the fight was canceled after Povetkin’s drug test from December 6th came back positive for Ostarine. The fight fell apart only a few hours before the event was scheduled to start.


Ostarine is a SARM substance, which athletes use during training. It builds up endurance, like anabolic steroids. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) put SARM substances on its prohibited items list in 2008.

But it's become known that Povetkin's drug test from December 13th, also taken by testing agency VADA, came up clean.

Additionally, Povetkin's team revealed that his positive sample, from the December 6th test, had only a minor trace of ostarine - [0,00000000001g] - which Povetkin's team suggests is evidence that he ingested the substance several months if not a year earlier either through food or some nutritional supplement. Povetkin's random test from November 15th also came up clean

"Just received a new sample on Povetkin from the voluntary testing association for doping, for December 13. Everything is clean, no doping," Ryabinsky stated.

This is the second positive test for Povetkin in the last seven months. He failed a drug test in the lead-up to his scheduled title fight with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder back in May. That fight was also canceled. The last time he tested positive was for meldonium, which became a banned substance in January of this year. Povetkin admitted to taking the drug last year when it was legal. In that matter, the WBC conducted an investigation and cleared him of any wrongdoing. The WBC has an ongoing investigation on what transpired last Saturday.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Hammer on 01-08-2017

[QUOTE=adrikitty;17304624]Lol at least he was still ready and willing to fight Stiverne, who tested positive and was popped for riding. But when there was a controversy with Povetkin's test, STIVERNE *****ED! Shows the difference in the character, and balls of…

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 12-28-2016

[QUOTE=WTF Huck!;17305916]A stimulant is a PED. We can't start picking and choosing which banned substances are more acceptable to be popped for than others. If it's on the WADA list and you get caught using it you should be held…

Comment by doom_specialist on 12-28-2016

[QUOTE=WTF Huck!;17305916]A stimulant is a PED. We can't start picking and choosing which banned substances are more acceptable to be popped for than others. If it's on the WADA list and you get caught using it you should be held…

Comment by WTF Huck! on 12-26-2016

[QUOTE=adrikitty;17306242]Good post here, doe! Also - huge fan of your name! Lol made me think of the HW journeyman that is used as a stepping stone to transition boxers from the F/D level, to the C level: Owen "WHAT THE…

Comment by Red Skull on 12-26-2016

[QUOTE=Freedom.;17303188]He's clean. The earlier positive VADA test was politically motivated, just like the Kovalev-Ward scorecards.[/QUOTE] Good post, Clearly there is an agenda to make this fight not happen, governing bodies not being happy with their American athletes having to travel…

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