Per ESPN – “Alexander Povetkin has tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, putting his mandatory shot at world title holder Deontay Wilder in jeopardy.”
Do you still think this fight still happens in Russia on May 21st? I was really interested in seeing how Wilder does defending the WBC portion of the title in Moscow against a hostile crowd.
UPDATE: The May 21, 2016 date in Moscow is officially off but hte fight itself has not been completely ruled out for a later date. Wilder side saying it is canceled, Povetkin saying it is merely postponed and that his drug test came in under the allowed amount of “meldonium“.
$7.5 Million dollars is left on the table. Lawsuits are brewing. The WBC is investigating before making their ruling which could lead to a Povetkin suspension if found guilty. Only in boxing….