Sergey Kovalev’s Failed Drug Test Has Now Been Confirmed
- Sergey Kovalev was scheduled to face off against Bektemir Melikuziev on January 30.
- Reports surfaced earlier this week claiming the fight may be canceled due to a positive PED test.
- Multiple reports have now confirmed that Sergey Kovalev’s failed drug test has been confirmed.
In every single sport, you’ll find individuals that are looking for easy ways to find advantages. In combat sports, the issue of performance-enhancing drugs is an extremely controversial one. From time to time, we still see the top boxers in the world caught cheating. Today, we’re going to discuss Sergey Kovalev’s failed drug test.
It’s extremely disappointing news for fans of “Krusher.” Some now feel his time in the sport of boxing might be coming to an end. This would be an unfortunate ending to the Russian power puncher’s career.
Here’s what we know about this situation.
PEDs Remain a Major Issue for the Sport of Boxing
The sport of boxing is one that has been around for more than a century. It has evolved, of course, and now has fans around the world. Even the most hardcore fans have complaints about the sport, though.
A common one is the inability for promoters to get the best fighters to compete against one another. This wasn’t quite as big of an issue just a few decades ago. The sport has changed, however, and with so much on the line it can be difficult for champions to compete against each other.
The issue of performance-enhancing drugs is another big one. Drug use is common in all sports. Unlike in baseball or basketball, though, boxers are set out to hurt each other. When one has a chemical advantage, it can put someone’s health at risk.
We’ve seen a number of high-level fighters test positive for PEDs lately. That includes Jarell “Big Baby” Miller testing positive once again back in June of 2020. It’s a shame and often ends up leading to the end of a fighter’s entire career.
Cheating is simply a part of professional sports. Despite the massive repercussions that come with being caught, fighters are willing to take the risk to gain an advantage. We see it time and time again.
Unfortunately, one of the sport’s top light-heavyweights has just tested positive for PEDs. Now is a great time to discuss what this means moving forward.
Reports Confirm Sergey Kovalev’s Failed Drug Test
Boxing is a grueling sport in just about every single way. Fans often just see fighters when they are inside the ring. Many tend to forget about the weeks and even months spent training for just one night. With that in mind, it makes sense that some fighters want to find ways to make things easier.
This week, news broke that former light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev tested positive for synthetic testosterone during an out-of-competition VADA test. It’s the first time Kovalev has been caught using any performance-enhancing drugs.
Sergey was set to take on Bektemir Melikuziev in a huge bout on January 30. Obviously, that has been called off. VADA is now testing his B-sample to confirm his testing positive. It’s extremely rare for a second test to come back negative.
Kathy Duva, Sergey’s promoter, spoke about the news to the media this week.
“VADA was contracted for this fight at his insistence, as he has requested for almost all of his fights going back several years,” he said. “He maintains that he did not purposefully ingest any banned substances.”
Sergey Kovalev’s failed drug test is a huge disappointment for boxing fans around the world. It’s not completely surprising, though. At 37 years old, he’s likely at the twilight of his fighting career. It’s not hard to imagine him looking for a way to remain competitive with young, hungry contenders.
There will now be a lengthy process to determine how and why his test came up positive. In the meantime, Kovalev will be unable to compete inside the boxing ring. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next couple of months!
Breaking Down What’s Next for the Light-Heavyweight Division
Historically speaking, boxing’s light-heavyweight division hasn’t been one that brings in a huge number of viewers. We’ve seen a few superstars emerge out of this weight class, yet it’s still not as bad as the welterweight or heavyweight division in the sport.
Many fans became excited when Canelo Alvarez announced he was moving up to light-heavyweight. Some felt it could bring new life to the division. He shocked the world by defeating Sergey Kovalev via 11th-round KO to claim the WBO light-heavyweight title.
Unfortunately, Canelo’s time at 178 pounds might not last long. It now seems that he is interested in remaining in the middleweight division. It’s here that some of the biggest stars in the sport currently reside. Just last month, Canelo domainted Callum Smith to earn another pair of titles in the division.
Many are looking forward to him facing off against Billy Joe Saunders. The UK-based champion is now 30-0 and holds the WBO super-middleweight championship. Fans have been eager to see how Saunders’ defensive skills would match up against Canelo’s.
It’s difficult to say how things will shake out at light-heavyweight. Sergey Kovalev’s failed drug test means that he will no longer be competing this month. Hopefully, Bektemir Melikuziev will have the opportunity to take on another big name in the near future. We’ll be sure to offer more updates over the next few months!
Are you surprised to hear about Kovalev testing positive for PEDs? Does this mean the end of his career in boxing? Let us know in the comments section below.