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Wilder's Attorney: Povetkin Lawsuit is Absured, Just Don't Dope

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, WBC heavyweight hampion Deontay Wilder and his promoter were countersued on Thursday by Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin and his promoter over the recent cancellation of their title bout, after the Russian tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Povetkin and Andrey Ryabinskiy's World of Boxing LLC said American Wilder and DiBella Entertainment Inc breached their contract by walking away from the May 21 fight in Moscow after hearing of the test results, rather than waiting for the World Boxing Council to decide what to do.

They said the WBC was forced to call off the fight only after Wilder threw "the equivalent of a childish temper tantrum" and decided not to fly to Russia. Wilder then began a public "smear campaign" against Povetkin and Ryabinskiy, the lawsuit said.

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Povetkin and World of Boxing are seeking at least $34.5 million for the alleged breach of contract and defamation.

The lawsuit was filed 10 days after Wilder and DiBella filed their own $5 million breach of contract lawsuit against Povetkin and World of Boxing, saying the Russian's April 27 positive test forced the fight's cancellation.

Both lawsuits were filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Judd Burstein, a lawyer for Wilder and DiBella, in an interview said the countersuit was "absurd," and that Povetkin "would be better off to just stop doping, and fight clean."

The World Anti-Doping Agency added meldonium to its banned substances list on January 1. Tennis star Maria Sharapova is appealing her own two-year ban after she tested positive for meldonium.

Wilder is scheduled to defend his title against Chris Arreola on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigjavi973 on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=Kigali;16808830]They should sit him on the sidelines for a couple years until the benefits of his doping wear off....like Tennis did to Sharapova.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=King Lomachenko;16809104]I agree with you, but at the time the drug was legal so he wasn't doing…

Comment by b00g13man on 06-24-2016

Comment by MaksBox on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=firstborn;16809811]When is the investigation scheduled to conclude? The amount of misinformation circulating through this forum makes it impossible to know the truth.[/QUOTE] WBC is currently looking at Povetkin's statements and proof... and once that is done, they will make a…

Comment by firstborn on 06-23-2016

When is the investigation scheduled to conclude? The amount of misinformation circulating through this forum makes it impossible to know the truth.

Comment by //// on 06-23-2016

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;16809226]I came in here to say something similar. Tests positive but has the nerves to sue and then say Wilder started a "smear campaign." What smear? You tested positive. You smeared yourself. :rofl: Oh look, one of the…

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