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Stiverne-Povetkin Cancelled, Russian Tests Positive for Doping

Staff Writer

Haiti Sentinel

YETKATINBURG, Russia (sentinel.ht) – “To wake up the day of the fight, have breakfast, take a nap and wake up to find out he tested positive is the worst possible situation.” This was the reaction of the former heavyweight Bermane Stiverne who, along with the world, learned his opponent tested positive for a banned substance leading to the cancellation of their WBC bout.

Povetkin’s sample was provided to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on December 6. VADA notified the fighters and the World Boxing Council of the failed test on Saturday. Ostarine, which is supposed to increase stamina and recovery ability, has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list since 2008.

“There’s no reason to fight if the WBC won’t sanction the bout,” Stiverne said. “I’m very disappointed in the actions of Povetkin. I’ve been training for months to be victorious. To wake up the day of the fight, have breakfast, take a nap and wake up to find out he tested positive is the worst possible situation.”

Stiverne, 38, who was born in Haiti and lives in Las Vegas, made immediate plans to leave Russia.

“I’m headed back home to Las Vegas,” he said. “Hopefully, the WBC will install me as the mandatory challenger to face (WBC titleholder) Deontay Wilder. I want the opportunity to fight for the world title again, that was my whole reason to come to Russia was to earn that opportunity.”

Team Povetkin and Russia leaning analysts are subtly pushing a conspiracy theory. They point to the fact 5 samples were sent to different labs but it was the the United States, Los Angeles-based lab which turned up positive. Team Povetkin is also claiming it a double-standard that Stiverne tested positive for the banned substance dimethyamylamine or DMAA in November but the WBC still continued with sanctioning the fight.

But DMAA is a fat-burner and Stiverne had declared of having taken an energy supplement ahead of the test. Povetkin, on the other hand, has taken a substance that is said to be “like a steroid” and it is not his first rodeo, even of 2016.

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