The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) have confirmed the additions of both Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin for their forthcoming heavyweight championship fight.
Due to previous failures by Povetkin, Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn wanted the clarification of testing done early and VADA obliged over the weekend.
— Vada-Testing.org (@Vada_Testing) July 1, 2018
“VADA Testing welcomes Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin to our program as they prepare for their upcoming September 2018 bout,” said VADA.
Joshua v Povetkin is still yet to be officially announced despite a 24-hour deadline being ordered by the WBA last week, which put an end to what would have been one of the greatest fights of recent years featuring Deontay Wilder.
Instead, Joshua opted to focus his attention on mandatory matters with Povetkin and not ask for a WBA exception to iron out negotiations with the American.
Wilder wanted a one-way rematch clause addressed, a date and venue on the contract, plus a say in the officials for the fight – all of which were not forthcoming from Joshua and Hearn.
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza hastily stated the Joshua v Povetkin fight had to be done as Wilder was just days away from putting pen to paper.
Disillusioned over the ending of talks, Wilder has since stated he will no longer accept the flat $15m fee on offer and fully intends to stop Joshua becoming the undisputed champion until he lands a 50-50 split.
For now, UK fans can expect another ‘AJ’ Pay-Per-View show to roll into London town and will see another 80,000 pack Wembley Stadium for a fight where the current king begins as a massive favorite to win.