Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Promoter Admits Millions Were Spent To Restore Povetkin's Name

World of Boxing CEO Andrei Ryabinsky admits that he spent millions of dollars to rebuild the name of former world champion Alexander Povetkin, who in 2016 was facing scandal after scandal.

That year, the boxer lost two scheduled fights due to failed doping tests.

He had a scheduled title shot with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in May of that year. The fight was canceled after Povetkin tested positive for traces of meldonium. The substance in question had become a banned substance in January of that year.

Povetkin claimed that he'd ingested the drug when it was still legal, in the fall of 2015. While it can't be proven when he took the substance, the testing agencies have confirmed that it takes weeks and even months for meldonium to fully leave the body.

alexander-povetkin (2)_13

Once Povetkin was able to overcome one PED hurdle, he was hit with another in December of 2016, when he tested positive for the banned substance ostarine, which led to the last minute cancellation of a fight with Bermane Stiverne.

That time around, Povetkin was bounced from all of the world rankings.

To fully restore Povetkin to the sanctioning bodies, Ryabinsky spent a lot of time and a lot of money. There were also massive legal fees from a long court battle with Wilder and his handlers. 

"I just don’t understand how it could been done differently. If it was purely business, any American or European promoter would have said 'thank you, Alexander' and he would have had to solve the problem himself. But with us it's a different story - we are friends. And it’s not my character to quit. It's somehow wrong to do that, not something a man would do. So we began to understand this matter. And in the end, a great sum was spent, which amounted to millions of dollars, but we got our way, and Alexander was practically the only athlete who was restored after two doping scandals," Ryabinsky said to R-Sport.

“We conducted an investigation to determine if there was a problem in the team. And we didn’t find any problems there - this was not sabotage, there were no deliberate spy-type actions, there were no mistakes. This was not found. Ostarine got into Povetkin’s body in a very small dose This was some kind of ridiculous accident. And it is not clear where it came from."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The D3vil on 05-06-2020

He aint restored jack. WE know he was loaded to the gills

Comment by oscar delapolla on 05-05-2020

[QUOTE=Slowhand;20550612]..just like most pro athletes in every country. What´s your point?[/QUOTE] totalmente cierto,yo creo que solo pillan a los que hablan mucho o tal vez se pasan

Comment by MusoMeanderings on 05-05-2020

Restore? He's still PEDvetkin.

Comment by MulaKO on 05-05-2020

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;20550615]I'd assume Povetkin hasn't been as grateful as Ryabinskiy wanted him to be or maybe they aren't as tight as they used to be.[/QUOTE] Sure seems that way Just can’t see what the manager gains from putting this out…

Comment by tokon on 05-05-2020

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;20550469] Most boxing fans forget this bs & promoters dgaf.[/QUOTE] Correct and this is the reason it's such a big problem in boxing.

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (17)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Reynoso: Berchelt Can End a Fight With One Punch - But So Can Valdez! Munguia's Promoter Hopes To Secure Golovkin Title Clash Usyk vs. Joyce Clash is Being Discussed, Says Frank Warren Carlos Gongora Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Ryan Garcia's Father Backs Son's Two Round KO Prediction of Gervonta Davis Samuel Vargas Aims To Use Experience To Shock Conor Benn Dylan Price Takes Out Samuel Gutierrez in Four Rounds Bob Arum: Golden Boy Wouldn't Put Ryan Garcia In With Teofimo Lopez; Easy Work Angelo Leo: Always Wanted To Celebrate Title Win With A Crowd, More Motivation To Stay Champion Thurman To Arum: Stop Talking Sh-t! Not My Fault You Can’t Afford Fight For Crawford Michel Rivera: Ryan Garcia Has a Great Punch But a Glass Chin Hearn Says Boxing Events Must Continue or Sport Could Fizzle Out McGirt Was Unaware of Kovalev's Doping Test, Felt Camp Was Going Well Manager: Pacquiao or McGregor Would Beat Mayweather in Rematch Dominic Breazeale Vows To Blast Out Otto Wallin With Huge Knockout Fred Levin: An Appreciation (1937-2021) Sergio Martinez Working For April Return, Eyes Murata Shot By Year's End Thunderdome Boxing Series Returns on February 26 in Perth Arum on Lopez's Options: Haney Doesn't Mean Much, Not an Attraction Like Davis, Garcia Talks Progress For Canelo Alvarez To Move Forward With Matchroom/DAZN Ivan Golub, Melissa Oddessa, Joe Williams Back on February 20 Inoue-Dasmarinas: Date, Site Of Fight Depends On COVID-19 Restrictions In Japan Junior Cruzat To Fight For WBA Regional Title on February 26 Joshua-Fury: Hearn Wants Second Fight in Cardiff, But Says Pressure May Stop It Buddy McGirt Predicts Shakur Stevenson Gets KO'ed by Teofimo Lopez, Starts Heated Squabble Artur Beterbiev Co-Trainer: Bivol Is The Most Important Fight At 175 Plant: At Some Point, Me And Canelo Are Gonna Get In There And Do Our Thing Josh Warrington May Vacate IBF Title, Fight Gary Russell Jr. Bruno Tarimo Cracks IBF's Top Ten, Inches Closer To Title Shot Terri Harper's Manager Hopes To Achieve Undisputed Goal in Two Fights Teofimo Lopez: If No Kambosos - Then I Want Haney, Garcia, Davis Chris Eubank Jr. Has Golovkin as #1 Target on List, Says Promoter Carlos Ocampo Destroys Abraham Juarez in One Round Gervonta Davis on Sparring Teofimo, Haney - Pushing For Fight With Ryan Garcia Robeisy Ramirez: If Not This Year - By 2022 I'll Be Fighting For a World Title David Morrell Aims To Fight Four Times By The End of 2021 Bjornsson Drops Ward, Who Rallies in Third: Both React To Exhibition Hearn: If Both Win Their Fights, Expect Josh Kelly vs. Conor Benn in 2021 Berchelt: Valdez Motivated By Those That Say He Has No Chance; It's Going To Be A War Ryan Garcia: Can Only Become Greater Learning From Reynoso, Canelo
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement