WBA, WBO, IBF world Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and former WBA Champ Alexander Povetkin have both reportedly signs for VADA drug testing ahead of their fight in September at a still to be determined venue in the UK.
According to Hearn, Povetkin will be tested by VADA – and the testing protocol is starting right away.
“He’s already signed to the VADA testing. There is something that we do for every fight, for every opponent from 16 weeks out, which is we pay 50 grand for additional VADA testing. So that was done for Klitschko, that was done for [Joseph] Parker, that was done for [Kubrat] Pulev [who was scheduled to fight Joshua in October 2017 but got injured], so they will be testing him six, seven, eight times in addition to the programme that he’s already sent out,” Hearn told Boxing News.
They [Povetkin’s team] were happy to put that in. That was something that they were including in their terms as well as our terms. I think that they know the history and the reputation. They want to prove that if they win, there’s absolutely no question marks. So that VADA testing I think will be underway from [this past Friday] until the fight. It’s not going to be six weeks or eight weeks, it’s starting now. That’s obviously very important to us.”