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Mariusz Wach and Olanrewaju Durodola cleared of drug accusations

The two had reportedly tested positive for banned substances after their November 5th fights.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Jumped the gun, it seems.

After independent testing by the World Anti-Doping Administration (WADA), the WBC has announced that Mariusz Wach and Olanrewaju Durodola, who had reportedly failed drug tests after their November 5th fights, have been cleared of wrongdoing due to the Russian Anti-Doping Administration's (RUSADA) "non-compliance."

Per the WBC:

After the bouts, allegations were made that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) testing of the "A" Samples of both boxers taken just after the fights showed positive, such tests occurring on November 5.

However, on November 9, 2015, an Independent Commission issued a report to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and as a result, on November 18 WADA declared that RUSADA had been non-compliant.

Following the petitions and a request for expedited relief, and based upon this unique set of facts, the WBC has determined that it is unable to defend the reliability of RUSADA’s testing of the "A" Samples or the integrity of the "B" Samples, due to the chain of custody being solely at the non-compliant RUSADA.

Therefore the WBC has cleared both Mr. Durodola and Mr. Wach for competition in the WBC. As they relate to the WBC, the results of both bouts remain as original. Alexander Povetkin remains as WBC mandatory challenger and Olanrewaju Durodola remains as WBC Silver champion.

Germany doesn't look quite so bad now, does it?

Wach (31-2, 17 KO), who lost to Alexander Povetkin on the 5th, had previously endured a long suspension for testing positive against Wladimir Klitschko. Though the loss remains on his record, this news has to come as a relief.

The ramifications would have been greater for Durodola (22-2, 20 KO), who would have had his dramatic upset of Dmitry Kudryashov annulled. At the age of 35, a lengthy suspension could have been devastating for the Nigerian puncher.

European drug testing really hasn't looked good this week. Good thing everything is squeaky-clean here in America, am I right?

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