Sergey Kovalev tested positive for synthetic testosterone doping in a test performed by the VADA in The Vegas, Nevada, last December 30, so his fight before Bektemir Melikuziev, scheduled for January 30 of this year, it could be canceled.
This, according to the report of Dan Rafael from Boxing Scene.
“Breaking: Sergey Kovalev has tested positive for a synthetic testosterone. I have obtained from the VADA a letter detailing the positive result. This means that their January 30 fight for DAZN against Bektemir “Bek Bully” Melikuziev it will surely be canceled “, published Raphael On twitter.
BREAKING: Sergey Kovalev has tested positive for synthetic testosterone. I have obtained the VADA letter outlining the details of positive test. Means his Jan. 30 DAZN headliner with Bektemir “Bek Bully” Melikuziev likely will be canceled. #boxing
– Dan Rafael (@ DanRafael1) January 14, 2021
“We know of the positive result found by the VADA“Said the promoter of Kovalev, Kathy Duva, to Boxing Scene. “Sergey Kovalev has proven over the years that he is a clean fighter who has been scrutinized by the VADA. The VADA was hired for this fight because of her insistence (of Kovalev), just as you have asked over the years. He maintains that he did not ingest prohibited substances on purpose. We have arranged for your supplements to be tested for substances and will ask the VADA test B “.
The contest was scheduled at 178 pounds on a billboard of DAZN. Originally it would be in Russia, but it was transferred to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
It was the return of Kovalev to the ring after the knockout he suffered at the hands of Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez on November 2, 2019.
“Adverse analytical finding: the IRMS results,” he wrote Dan Rafael about doping Sergey Kovalev in the letter that VADA sent to the Russian, “they are consistent with the exogenous origin of testosterone and metabolic agents.”
Kovalev I was going to fight on April 25, 2020 against Sullivan Barrera at 180 pounds in what was to be the main event of a DAZN, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it could not be carried out.
Melikuziev is a boxer from Uzbekistan 24-year-old who has a 6-0 record (5 KO’s) and who defeated on October 30, 2020 Alan Campa.