Written By Bakari Simpson: Geez. There simply is no predicting what will happen in the topsy-turvy world of boxing. To this writers absolute astonishment Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KO’s) is returning to action soon. Even more stunning than his return is the fact that the bout will air live exclusively on BoxNation.
The shamed, and shameless, Povetkin will meet the challenger of Andriy Rudenko (31-2, 19 KO’s) on July 1st. The bout will take place in Moscow, Russia.
Povetkin seems determined to drag his own name thru the mud in the past 12 months. Mere days before his meaningful title fight with American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Alexander failed a drug test. Traces of Meldonium (a banned substance) found in Povetkin’s system. Povetkin was ironically, a crestfallen Wilder had openly, and accurately, predicted that Povetkin was abusing PED’s over a year before the failed sample. The fight got cancelled and never rescheduled as a result. The in-ring battle was cancelled, a legal battle in the court would later ensue. Wilder would sue, and win, a civil case filed against Povetkin. The courts awarded Wilder a settlement of $5 million dollars for damages done by Alexander.
One would think that this embarrassing, and costly, international incident would have taught Povetkin a lesson. Think again!
Later in the same year, Povetkin was slated to battle with Bermane Stiverne. The winner had aspirations of fighting Wilder for his belts in their next battle. Then, for the second consecutive time, Povetkin failed another drug test. This time with a different banned substance. The Stiverne fight promptly flat-lined. Alexander still allowed to fight in a strange unheard of plot-twist. Upon hearing that Povetkin needed a dance partner a game, and foolhardy, Johann Duhaupus jumped to answer the call. The bout was as corrupt as corrupt gets, the prize fight still proceeded forward and was sanctioned. Alexander knocked Duhaupus in the 6th round.
This shameless cheat securing another fight date is a mystery to most. Alexander rewarded with a televised bout after a disastrous 2016.
“ The heavyweight division is amongst boxing’s most exciting. Alexander Povetkin has been touted as one of the division’s best for a while and he will now be hoping to prove that over the coming months. In Andriy Rudenko he faces a fighter who British fans will know from his clashes against Hughie Fury and Lucas Browne. He is a very capable and dangerous fighter on his day. BoxNation subscribers will be able to enjoy top heavyweight action once again on the channel when we broadcast this fight exclusively live on July 1st.” -Jim McMunn, BoxNation Managing Director
This is a sad and shameful development here! I’m just waiting for Povetkin to hit someone with a folding chair WWE style! Alexander gets hardcore match flexibility as long as they are in Russia. Povetkin could probably pull out a Taser and length of chain in the ring minus any consequence! Again, sad, so sad. Please DON’T check this one out!
CONFIRMED: Alexander Povetkin 🇷🇺 🆚 🇺🇦 Andriy Rudenko
New heavyweight fight added to our schedule for July 1st earlier tonight! pic.twitter.com/XAm3m0ICef
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