“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."
"That could be the reason why (he dropped Perez so quickly) but we’re not taking anything from him and I can’t wait to be able to put my hands on him.”
Will Wilder attempt to use the steroids claim to sidestep the WBC's new mandatory opponent? And is Povetkin cheating?
Earlier this week, the Russian rebuked Wilder's comments, insisting Americans often jump to false conclusions as it relates to the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Moreover, Povetkin told BoxingScene he's never failed a drug test and hinted he would be willing to accommodate Wilder by undergoing additional testing prior to their match-up should it happen.
"On a regular basis I am undergoing testing," stated the Russian heavyweight.
"Nothing has ever been detected. The difference now is that I live a little healthier. I changed my diet. I enjoy taking more vitamins, amino acids. This talk about steroids is a typical American ploy."
"They like to shock people, that's their business. I am always ready to be tested and prove that I am clean," Povetkin said.
But what tests would Alex be willing to submit to?
Does he plan to undergo testing administered by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), an independent organization that uses, perhaps, some of the most sophisticated procedures on Earth?
Should negotiations for Wilder vs Povetkin take place, look for the WBC champ to attempt to make VADA testing a condition to fight.