It appears that the much awaited WBC heavyweight showdown between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin is cancelled or at least postponed following Povetkins positive drug test reading for the substance Meldonium on Friday.. Communication between the camps was fragmented and neither really knew what the WBCs final decision would be concerning the bout.. In any event, this morning Deontay Wilder and his team took matters into their own hands, missing their 8am flight to Russia from London Heathrow, opting to return to the US continuing in their words as if the fight was cancelled.. The WBC had yet to actually determined the outcome of its findings regarding the Meldonium results. Povetkins team did claim however that their fighter used the drug in November, a little over a month before it was banned by VADA, but two previous clean tests were submitted by Povetkin, proving by default that the fighter had in fact used Meldonium after the ban.. It's very disappointing for all concerned, months of intense training by both camps for such a high profile significant fight.. It's not known yet whether Wilder will opt for a replacement defence or wait for the fight to possibly be rescheduled, which I find highly unlikely in the circumstances..
Meldonium in used to enhance circulation, especially to the brain, it helps increase endurance and promotes energy insurgence.. The drug is produced in Latvia and is commonly used in soviet countries..