20 hours before his scheduled WBC Final Eliminator with Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1) in Russia for the right to challenge heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association notified the WBC that Alexander Povetkin (31-1-0) had tested positive for a banned substance for the second time in eight months. The result came from a sample taken 10 days earlier on December the 6th, which came up positive Ostarine.
Upon receiving the news the WBC removed their sanctioning of the bout, meaning it would no longer be a final eliminator or have the WBC Interim Title on the line.
It has been reported that Bermane Stiverne has no intention of continuing with the fight on Saturday night without the sanctioning of the WBC, and that he expects to become the mandatory challenger for the heavyweight title as a result of the findings.
There has been no official announcement as yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if confirmation of the cancellation comes out in the next few hours.