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Deontay Wilder Wins Fight…In Court

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Wins Fight…In Court

BY Matthew Long


Deontay Wilder, who is the first heavyweight champion from the United States in nearly a decade, has been met with a fair amount of criticism with his struggles of scheduling top end competition in the ring. There was an opportunity for Wilder to fight a top-level contender in Alexander Povetkin, as Povetkin was viewed as the top contender for the WBC heavyweight title.

Povetkin had been regarded as a top five heavyweight throughout most boxing publications and rankings around the world. He was being talked about as an opponent for Wilder as he had been placed as the mandatory contender since mid-2015. It took until February 2016 for the match between Wilder and Povetkin to be put together as Povetkin’s team won a purse bid to have the fight hosted in Russia and scheduled for April 2016. However, the fight did not take place as Povetkin was caught with a sample of meldonium which was just included in the banned list by WADA (World Anti-Doping Association). Povetkin along with his promoter Andrey Ryabinsky disputed the claim and fought it along with the lawsuit made by Lou DiBella and Deontay Wilder which has lasted for eight months…

Well that “fight” is now over as a civil judge has ruled in favor of Wilder, DiBella and DiBella Promotions. They now are scheduled to receive the purse that Wilder was supposed to earn for fighting Alexander Povetkin which is 4.5 million dollars.

That money was put into an escrow account while the lawsuits were placed against both parties, but will now be released as it was shown in court that Povetkin took a sample of meldonium after it was banned as he was tested positive for the drug after being tested negative three times before.

Wilder will move on toward his upcoming fight against Gerald Washington on February 25th. Povetkin had fought last year and was supposed to fight Bermane Stiverne, but tested positive for another banned substance which forced Stiverne to back out and the replacement – Johann Duhapas – got knocked out in six rounds against Povetkin.


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WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Wins Fight…In Court
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WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Wins Fight…In Court

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