In the week that Deontay Wilder went head-to-head with new opponent Chris Arreola, the World Boxing Council have moved to update the situation regarding mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder and Povetkin were due to meet last month in Russia, although a failed test by the ex-WBA title holder meant the fight was called off with just days to spare.
More information is required by the WBC before the make their final judgement on the Povetkin matter as Wilder prepares to defend his green belt against Arreola next month.
“The WBC, through its Clean Boxing Program, is continuing to evaluate the positive anti-doping result of Alexander Povetkin for the banned substance Meldonium,” said the WBC.
“As the WBC previously reported, it granted WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder a voluntary defense while continuing to thoroughly weigh and gauge all related scientific and medical factors.
“As part of its anti-doping results management, the WBC formed and convened an emergency review committee. The last phase of the WBC’s anti-doping results management in the Povetkin case will be to afford Mr. Povetkin and his team the opportunity to present their position in the case and any factual, medical and/or scientific data they deem appropriate. Soon after that phase is completed, the WBC will be in the best position to make and announce its final ruling.
“Soon after that phase is completed, the WBC will be in the best position to make and announce its final ruling.”