23
Sep
2020

Povetkin reinstated, will fight for WBO and WBA International belts

WBN 27/06/2017

Ex-world title holder Alexander Povetkin has officially been exonerated of any wrongdoing by two organisations in the case of a positive test for Ostarine.

Promoter Andriy Ryabinsky has revealed the WBA and WBO have reinstated Povetkin to the rankings after all the major bodies removed the Russian for a failed test in the WBC Clean Boxing Program.

The WBC and IBF are yet to reveal if they would follow suit, although Ryabinsky now wants the matter put to bed ahead of Povetkin’s return against Andrey Rudenko on July 1 in Moscow.

“Povetkin will be boxing (for the future) for sure,” Ryabinsky told TASS.com.

“The World Boxing Council (WBC) is starting to hear out our side of the story, and I think they will take some measures but there are no timelines.

“Povetkin has been reinstated in the WBA and WBO, and the titles are on the line (on July 1 in Moscow).”

Ryabinsky then added his belief that the WBC and IBF will do similar and clear Povetkin’s name.

(We are sure) Povetkin will rejoin the International Boxing Federation (IBF), as well as in the WBC. We are gradually winning this fight,” he said.

This represents the second time Povetkin has been forced to prove his innocence following the collapse of two attempts to fight WBC heavyweight ruler Deontay Wilder.

A win over Rudenko could lead to a shot at the winner of Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury which is scheduled to happen on September 23 in Manchester.