I would rather lose than dope, says Anthony Joshua

Annette Crawford
July 20, 2018

Anthony Joshua fears any doping slurs would ruin his career.

"Drugs don't make you a better fighter".

Povetkin then tested positive for ostarine, a muscle-builder that has been on the WADA banned list since 2008, in December 2016. To get the latest soccer news, text "SPORTS" to 22840.

Both Joshua and Povetkin have signed up for independent testing ahead of the championship bout - set up for 90,000 spectators and to be shown on Sky Box Office - and have been tested twice already.

The unbeaten American stormed the stage and started verbally abusing IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua.

Anthony Joshua has said he would have been banned from boxing for life if he had tested positive for drugs.

"I am not the lawmaker on that stuff". Weigh it up: doping, being banned, your legacy damaged or someone is just better than you on the night, give them the respect and bounce back. "Last time he was there he produced one of the most dramatic fights and endings in the history of the sport and I expect this fight to be full of energy and drama - Povetkin is a Top 3 Heavyweight and extremely risky but in AJ I see the best Heavyweight in the World today and I think we will see a major statement. I have got to kick them back down".

Alexander Povetkin insists he is not a drugs cheat despite failing two dope tests in 2016.

However, Povetkin is adamant he did nothing wrong on either occasion and therefore shouldn't be regarded with suspicion when he faces Joshua. "And the court case that was ongoing with the team of Wilder has finished in our favour", Povetkin said.

"For me it was very, very suspicious". When he is fighting it me it will be straight and clean fight. All I can say is that I was accused of wrongdoing when I wasn't. "I'm glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic Champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event". Then what did I do?

"First I was caught on meldonium, and it was a nanogram quantity".

"Does is sound realistic to you?"

"People talk about me and see me face-to-face and they still want to talk". I don't know how people will see me in the fight but I am sure there will be many respecting me and rooting for me'.

Povetkin isn't the only Russian to have been tarnished by allegations of doping in recent years.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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