A former opponent of Jean Pascal and Eleider Alvarez has tested positive for a substance banned by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in recent days.
Samples from Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 K.-O.) revealed the presence of synthetic testosterone, according to a document obtained by journalist Dan Rafael. His fight with Bektemir Melikuziev, which was scheduled to take place on January 30 in California, now has a good chance of being called off.
In the minutes after the announcement of the news, Jean Pascal contented himself with posting a few emoticons with a refusal to comment.
“I don’t want to comment,” said the WBA light heavyweight world champion when contacted by The Journal of Montreal. I am not a sore loser. That’s all I can say. “
Pascal faced Kovalev twice in the space of 10 months in 2015 and 2016. During the first duel, despite a furious battle, the Quebecer was bowed by referee stoppage in the eighth assault.
During this confrontation, Pascal had had his eardrum perforated. He had also mentioned to relatives that Kovalev’s punch was not normal for a light heavyweight. The Russian was one of the first opponents to shake him during a fight.
The doping tests, which had been carried out by VADA during the training camps of the two boxers, had not revealed anything abnormal.
Two years later, it was Eleider Alvarez’s turn to cross swords with Kovalev twice within six months. Marc Ramsay’s protégé became world champion in the first duel before losing his WBO title in the second.
Once again, the doping tests all came back negative for both athletes. Alvarez, who is at his father’s bedside in Colombia, has been unable to react to the news about his former opponent.
Its promoter, Yvon Michel, was diplomatic with regard to Kovalev’s situation.
“I read the comments of its promoter [Kathy Duva] and I believe we should give him the benefit of the doubt as to his intention to doping, said the boss of the GYM group. On the other hand, even if it is inadvertently, he will have to pay the price because in America, we consider that it is the responsibility of the athlete to make sure to be clean.
“It’s a good thing for the sport and for all the other athletes. “
The career and personal life of the former world champion have taken a funny turn over the past two years. Days before his second fight with Alvarez in 2019, he was embroiled in a story of assaulting a woman in California.
Then, on December 19, he was caught for having illegally broadcast a fight from the DAZN network on his Instagram account. Thursday was his doping story.
Kovalev hasn’t fought since November 2019 when he suffered a one-sided loss to Canelo Alvarez. After this setback, he had an agreement with the DAZN network for two more fights. In light of recent events, it should come as no surprise that this agreement has been canceled.