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Povetkin: I've Always Been Clean, Failed Tests Were Suspicious

As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Anthony Joshua believes he would be forced to quit boxing if the heavyweight champion ever endured the kind of doping scandals that have engulfed Alexander Povetkin.

Povetkin's presence as the mandatory opponent for British star Joshua at Wembley on September 22 has infuriated fans, who feel he shouldn't be allowed back on the big stage after his drug issues.

The 38-year-old Russian tested positive for meldonium in May 2016, the same banned substance compatriot Maria Sharapova was suspended for taking.

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The failed test led to his scheduled fight against Deontay Wilder being scrapped before the WBC accepted the explanation that he stopped taking the drug before it was on the banned list that year.

That wasn't the only black mark against Povetkin and, in December 2016, he was found to have taken a banned muscle-building drug called ostarine.

He was suspended from WBC-sanctioned fights after the second failed test, but appealed and was allowed back into the sport with a year-long ban and a £188,000 ($245,000) fine.

Both fighters have signed up to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association's (VADA) programme ahead of their Wembley date and have been tested twice.

But reigning WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Joshua -- who has never been linked with doping -- claims a fighter of his profile would be made to pay a heavy price if he was found to be involved with substance abuse.

However, Povetkin is adamant he did nothing wrong on either occasion and therefore shouldn't be regarded with suspicion when he faces Joshua.

"First of all, I have been cleared of that suspension. I have been justified. And the court case that was ongoing with the team of Wilder has finished in our favour," Povetkin said.

"For me it was very, very suspicious. I know that I am clean. I know that I was clean back then. All I can say is that I was accused of wrongdoing when I wasn't.

"After the first time I was caught I signed a secondary anti-doping full-time testing programme. Then what did I do? Right before the fight I licked some meldonium or some ostarine to have no affect and be caught with it right before the fight.

"Does is sound realistic to you? The amount they found doesn't give any affect so why would I ever want to do that.

"I have nothing to do with it, and I am very well deserved of the fight I am getting."

Povetkin isn't the only Russian to have been tarnished by allegations of doping in recent years.

Forty seven Russian athletes and coaches were banned from this year's Winter Olympics after an investigation into state-sponsored doping during the 2014 Games in Sochi.

But Povetkin doesn't believe the problem of doping in Russia is as bad as claimed.

"I don't think that our sportsman in Russia consume all those things they are accused of. It's a bit annoying to be honest," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jonnyc420 on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;18950109]wtf are you babbling about??[/QUOTE] Can you not read? Yet you call others idiots. What a joke.

Comment by Mike_R on 07-19-2018

Povetkin got caught along with Maria Sharapova and tons of other Russian athletes going into the Rio Olympics that year. Meldonium hadn't always been banned but that doesn't mean that it's not a PED. I'm still wondering if their World…

Comment by uppercut510 on 07-19-2018

this very site (not all) went crazy over vitamin c but gives pedvtkin a pass. until this day they say wilder DUCKED pedvtkin. unreal

Comment by daggum on 07-19-2018

trump says povetkin was very strong in his denial and povetkin even made him an incredible offer to investigate his own failed test!

Comment by Jab jab boom on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=jonnyc420;18949474]Idiots also doubt that it was consistent with Canelo's failed test. You clowns still crying? Guess everyone just pays everyone off huh? Bust out the tin foil hats I suppose. Are you a Floyd fan? Just curious since the whole…

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