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Deontay Wilder loses biggest payday after fight is cancelled

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By Rhett Butler

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The WBC has decided to cancel the showdown in Russia between Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin, who tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, and his representatives were made aware of the WBC’s decision on Sunday that the fight will not occur in Moscow this Saturday, May 21.

“I’m very disappointed that due to Povetkin’s failed drug test, the fight is not going to happen on May 21 in Moscow,” said Wilder. “I had worked very hard to prepare myself for this important title defense, spending the last two weeks training in England to get accustomed to fighting in Europe. I wanted to give the fans a great show, but we understand the WBC’s position that the fight occur on an even playing field.”

 

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