The World Boxing Council announced late Friday night it was withdrawing its sanctioning of an interim heavyweight title fight. The fight was denounced as Alexander Povetkin failed a drug test for the banned steroid Ostarine.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told The Times that he doesn’t know whether Saturday’s fight in Russia between Povetkin (30-1, 22 knockouts) and former Bermane Stiverne will take place. However, if it does, it is not sanctioned by the WBC.
“It is incredible, but safety has no compromise. There is no going back.”Sulaiman said.
Ostarine was detected in a Povetkin sample taken by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Assn. On Dec. 6 according to the WBC report. Soon after, the organization informed the WBC of the adverse finding on the first, or “A” sample.
World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Ostarine since 2008. Ostarine is believed to provide the same benefits of traditional anabolic/androgenic steroids, such as testosterone. Moreover, it results in increased muscle mass, fat loss, and bone density.
Povetkin had previously tested positive for the banned energy building substance meldonium in April. As a result, scheduled heavyweight title fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Russia was Scrapped.
After extended dialogue that discussed the little amount of meldonium in Povetkin’s system and his surrounding negative tests, the WBC allowed Povetkin to fight Stiverne for the interim title as Wilder recovered from injuries suffered in his substitution fight against Riverside’s Chris Arreola.
One of the verdicts was that Povetkin would pay for incoming drug tests, and if he yields another positive test, he could be banned for life by the WBC.
The WBC will conduct a thorough investigation of the consequences of the case and will issue subsequent rulings as required.