Wilder vs Povetkin: Drug testing update

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How extensive will the drug testing be for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder's May 21 title defense against Alexander Povetkin in Russia?

Last month, Russian promoter Andrei Ryabinsky insisted there would be strict drug testing for Wilder vs Povetkin.

"Without a doubt, there will be serious doping tests for both boxers," Ryabinsky stated. "And I do not recommend for Deontay's team to give him any dope," Ryabinsky told Boxing News Ukraine or BoxingScene.com.

But what, exactly, are "serious doping tests?"

Earlier this week, Ryabinsky gave fans and the media a Wilder vs Povetkin drug testing update.

According to BoxingScene.com, drug testing will be performed by VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency], the recognized leader in the field.

Following Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin's (29-1, 21 KOs) impressive first round knockout in May over the usually-gritty Mike Perez, Deontay Wilder accused the former of steroid use.

“I think he’s juicing. He’s looking too big,” Wilder told USA Today.

“I have people that have trained him and know him, and being from a different country, they have different techniques that they use."

“He’s on some kind of steroids. But you know, that’s just my opinion. It’s not going to affect me when it’s time to fight and I’m looking forward (to fighting Povetkin). That’s how I feel."


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