Povetkin’s Russian Freak Show

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Povetkin’s Russian Freak Show

By Steven Donnell

Now, I have been thinking of how I’m going to go about writing this piece, on a fight I have no interest in. A fight that exposes massive flaws in boxing, that was taking part in a country that is embarrassing most sports at the minute. In Russia we were supposed to see Alexander Povetkin take on Bermane Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight  title in a fight that I had joked about in the asylum writers chat should be good as both men will be like super humans with the amount of juice they will be pumping into themselves. Fast Forward a few hours and it was announced by the WBC they would not be sanctioning the fight as Povetkin had tested positive for muscle-building substance ostarine. This was Povetkin’s second failed drug test this year and soon after it emerged that Stiverne would not be taking part in the fight. Just when  it looked like Povetkin would not be fighting, as he only had 24 hours to find a replacement, enter Johann Duhaupas.

When I was watching this fight all that kept going through my mind was, ‘why am I watching this freak show?!’

I mean, the whole thing was that disorganised that Duhaupas was in the ring with running shoes on! Not that it made any difference because how prepared can you be on 24 hours notice anyway? Duhaupas looked big and flabby; he didn’t look like a guy who stays in shape between fights. The fight was only ever going to end one way and it came at the end of the sixth round when a lapse in concentration by Duhaupas saw him get hit by three big shots which knocked him flat on his back and out cold. It was a great KO, if not a valid one in my book.

That brief overview is as much time as I’m willing to give to the fight but there is something else I want to put out there that has been eating away at me. Why was Povetkin allowed to fight anyway? This is his second failed drug test this year so this guy shouldn’t be allowed near an event until he has proved himself innocent. We can’t have guys failing drug tests then going on and picking up a wage and winning a fight the next day – there has to be a deterrent for cheats. Maybe Povetkin would think twice about doping if he was facing ruin financially due to lawsuits and massive bans? But let’s simplify this even more to a human level. Ostarine is a muscle builder and for me that is the same as loading your gloves. If true and he was trying to gain an advantage that would directly cause major damage to his opponent then that, for me, represents the worst kind of cheat.

Steven Donnell @dinobhoy86 or @DJayboxingblog

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