Fury vs Povetkin: Yes, VADA testing to be done

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Although no titles with be on the line, drug testing will take place before and after Hughie Fury vs Alexander Povetkin on August 31.

Both Povetkin and Fury decided to sign up with the program of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).

"VADA carries out doping tests during the preparations for the fight as well as after the bout," Vadim Kornilov, the head of the Boxing World promotion company, told TASS on Thursday.

"It is impossible to say in advance how many doping samples will be collected in total."

Povetkin, of course, has been busted before. In May 2016, the Russian was slated to face WBC Champ Deontay Wilder in the former's native Russia but that fight was canceled because Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Povetkin's handlers insisted only "leftover traces of meldonium at a very low concentration" were found in his blood because he'd stopped taking it even before the drug ban was imposed. Moreover, on May 31, 2016, a week after the Wilder fight had been postponed, Povetkin tested clean, according to his handlers.


Alexander Povetkin: Most Significant Fights

Lost TKO 7 Anthony Joshua
Sep 22, 2018 

Won KO 5 David Price
Mar 31, 2018

Won TKO 1 Mike Perez
May 22, 2015

Won KO 10 Carlos Takam
Oct 24, 2014

Won TKO 7 Manuel Charr
May 30, 2014

Lost UD 12 Wladimir Klitschko
Oct 5, 2013

Nevertheless, the title shot was lost and Povetkin was handed a fine of $250,000 and was temporarily banned by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for failing a pre-fight drug test.

Povetkin, again, tested positive in December 2016. And this time the culprit was Ostarin. The positive drug test forced then-top challenger Bermane Stiverne to pull out. But not all was lost as Alexander would go on to starch last-minute replacement Johann Duhaupas in the closing seconds of Round 6 with a blistering left hook.

It was a highlight reel KO and the second time in three fights Povetkin had orchestrated a spectacular KO of a durable opponent.

The previous year, Alex 'signed, sealed and delivered' a very tough Mike Perez.

Since then, Alex hasn't been as dominant. He went the distance in his last two fights against Christian Hammer and Andriy Rudenko, winning wide but uneventful decisions both times. He then overcame a scary moment to KO David Price. And, of course, he was subsequently stopped by Joshua in his most recent outing.

In his defense, a presumably clean Povetkin brutally KO'd Price and showed well against Joshua despite the loss but one could argue he's not the same fighter.

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