Alexander Povetkin insists he's not a drugs cheat, Anthony Joshua responds

Paola Ditto
Luglio 20, 2018

DAZN US's first-ever fight night will be headlined by heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and Alexander "The Russian Warrior" Povetkin as the two battle for Joshua's WBA, IBF and WBO titles on September 22 live from Wembley Stadium in London. I know that I am clean. I don't know what happened but at the end of the day, all I can say is that I was accused of wrongdoing when I wasn't. I have nothing to do with it.

"Content is king and drives everything and having a chance to see Anthony Johnson fight is a superior proposition that can get a lot of people to come in and try DAZN", he explains. Whoever did that it's none of my business.

"I am very well deserved of the fight I am getting, I am here for a reason, this was a mandatory", Povetkin said.

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"It all went off the stage and I thought "that's a result", Hearn told iFL TV. "It's a bit annoying to be honest", he said.

Anthony Joshua has said he would have been banned from boxing for life if he had tested positive for drugs.

Anthony Joshua Alexander Povetkin
GETTY Anthony Joshua defends his titles against Alexander Povetkin

Other names coming to DAZN include two-weight world champion Jesse Vargas who is fresh off a draw with Adrien Broner, and heavyweight prospect Jarrell " Big Baby" Miller who has made it clear he is desperate for a shot at Anthony Joshua sooner, rather than later. "Being done for doping is far worse for your legacy".

"I am on UK Anti-Doping and VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association], £30,000 every time for each fight".

"I don't see doping as a way of making yourself better - if a person is better than you then work harder, train harder, you don't need to dope".

Joshua says: 'It was unfortunate for his opponents at the time but at least I know he will be fighting clean against me'. Then I knew I had to win because the next big fight was already being lined up, as it is with Wilder back here in April.

Povetkin, a 38-year-old Olympic gold medallist and former world heavyweight champion, offered this rebuttal behind the scenes promoting his appearance before a 90,000 Wembley crowd: 'For years I tested clean yet suddenly I am supposed to have taken drugs immediately before two big fights (in Moscow). "And we have a direct link where we know what they like and can serve them the content they like".

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