Former three-time world light heavyweight champion Sergei Kovalev tested positive for synthetic testosterone, which threatens to disrupt his upcoming fight against Bektemir Melikuziev.
Recall that this fight, which by mutual agreement of the parties was planned to be held in the intermediate weight (178-pounds), was supposed to lead on January 30 in Indio (California) a boxing evening from the streaming platform DAZN.
According to BoxingScene.com, one of Kovalev’s samples, which he took back on December 30th in Las Vegas, where he trained, showed the presence of testosterone metabolites of exogenous origin. At the same time, a letter sent by VADA to the California Athletic Commission and other authorities states that the Russian athlete has the right to demand an autopsy of the B sample to clarify the results.
Note that Kovalev spent his last performance in November 2019, losing by knockout to Mexican boxing superstar Saul Alvarez, who simultaneously took the WBO belt from the Russian.