News | Jul 18 2018

Anthony Joshua condemns Alexander Povetkin: ‘If I failed two drug tests, I would never be able to box again’

Anthony Joshua on his opponent's infamous past, while Alexander Povetkin gives his side of the story. Declan Taylor reports
Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua & Alexander Povetkin Press Conference  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ANTHONY JOSHUA says two failed drugs test in the same year would have ended his boxing career ahead of his September 22 clash with Alexander Povetkin.

The Russian has worked his way into the mandatory position for Joshua’s WBA title despite testing positive for both meldonium and ostarine at different points in 2016.

He will get his crack at that belt, plus the WBO and IBF titles, when he takes on Joshua at Wembley Stadium on September 22 but the defending champion does not believe he would have got off so lightly.