Deontay Wilder v Alexander Povetkin off after Russian tests positive for meldonium

Alexander Povetkin
Alexander Povetkin unsuccessfully challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts in 2013

This month's WBC heavyweight title fight between American champion Deontay Wilder and Russia's Alexander Povetkin has been called off.

Povetkin, 36, tested positive for "low concentrations" of meldonium in April.

On Sunday, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed on Twitter that the fight would not take place as scheduled on 21 May in Moscow.

The World Anti-Doping Agency said in September it was adding meldonium to its banned list from 1 January, 2016.

Recent Wada figures showed there had been 172 positive tests for the drug this year - 27 of those involving Russians.

Mauricio Sulaiman twitter

Top Stories