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WBO, WBA reinstate Povetkin who will fight for international titles

Two sanctioning bodies have absolved Alexander Povetkin from wrongdoing in his failed drug test for Ostarine.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

According to promoter Andriy Ryabinsky, the WBA and WBO have both cleared Alexander Povetkin for his recently failed drug test where he tested positive for Ostarine and have reinstated him back into their rankings.

With that tidbit of news, Povetkin will now be fighting for the WBA and WBO international titles in his next outing against Andrey Rudenko this weekend, as mentioned by Ryabinsky.

"Povetkin has been reinstated in the WBA and WBO, and the titles are on the line (on July 1 in Moscow)."

Ryabinsky also mentioned that he expects the IBF and WBC to follow suit, but says there’s no specific timeline for them to make a ruling.

"The World Boxing Council (WBC) is starting to hear out our side of the story, and I think they will take some measures but there are no timelines.”

“(We are sure) Povetkin will rejoin the International Boxing Federation (IBF), as well as in the WBC. We are gradually winning this fight," he said.

Povetkin has failed several drug tests over the past year-plus which have nixed fights against both Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne. But it’s believed that a win for Povetkin this weekend could set him up to face the winner of Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury.

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