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Povetkin is Still Very Interested in Fighting Oleksandr Usyk

By Luke Furman

Alexander Povetkin explained why he was interested in a fight with fellow Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk, and also admitted that all of the doping allegations have made a long term negative impact on his career.

Earlier, on March 28, the World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered negotiations for the bout between Usyk and former IBF and WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev of Russia, who now has the status of “champion in recess” according to WBA.

After this order was issued, Usyk's team said they were going forward with plans to move up to heavyweight and vacated the WBA crown.

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A fight between Usyk and Povetkin was being targeted for a date in May.

But Usyk's co-promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, said the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.

Usyk will now face Carlos Takam, who Povetkin knocked out a few years ago.

Povetkin states that he is still very interested in facing Usyk.

"There was talk of having a fight with Oleksandr Usyk, and then they said that he had other plans. I was not against the fight with him in principle... he is a good, strong boxer. For me, the fight with him is, of course, interesting. Because any time you meet with an Olympic champion [in the ring], you meet with a master pf his craft. We’re in boxing and go to face the strongest opponents, "said Povetkin on Octagon TV.

In 2016, Povetkin came under fire when they found residual traces of meldonium in the Russian's doping test, which is why a planned fight with Deontay Wilder fell apart.

At the end of the same year, he tested positive for another banned substance, which led to the cancellation of a bout with Bermane Stiverne.

"The story of doping? You can say that it screwed up my career. All of this dirt was not very necessary, it was wrong ... In my eyes, usually no one says that they are doping, but I'm not worried I because I known the truth," said Povetkin.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 04-02-2019

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;19632360][B]The two statements imply two totally different end results[/B]. Had other plans implies that Hearn/Usyk decided to go in a different direction for reasons other than financial reasons. Couldn't reach an agreement implies that due to business reasons, the fight…

Comment by Slowhand on 04-02-2019

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;19632380]So do you think the ostarine use was just "out of the blue" or was it a substitute for meldonium. A study published in Drug Testing and Analysis in December 2015 summarized the following about meldonium: "[It] demonstrates an increase…

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 04-02-2019

[QUOTE=Ray*;19632367]I don't think Team Usyk wanted the povetkin fight as his first at HW. His manager came out with a list and to be honest, i knew Takam would be the end choice. Similar to everyone putting Ortiz on their…

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 04-02-2019

[QUOTE=Slowhand;19631775]Maybe that´s because meldonium a very weak PED for a healthy athlete, even a WADA official stated they banned it mainly for ethical reasons? Sure, it was unethical and morally wrong, but at the time Pov used it it wasn´t…

Comment by Ray* on 04-02-2019

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;19632360]The two statements imply two totally different end results. Had other plans implies that Hearn/Usyk decided to go in a different direction for other financial reasons. Couldn't reach an agreement implies that due to business reasons, the fight couldn't be…

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