By Solomon Crenshaw Jr.
Deontay Wilder won a significant fight Monday without throwing a punch. But the Tuscaloosa native says he struck a blow for fair play.
ESPN.com and other outlets reported that the World Boxing Council champion won his civil case against Alexander Povetkin. A jury in U.S. federal court in New York deliberated 32 minutes before finding that Povetkin used meldonium after it was put on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list on Jan. 1, 2016.
The scheduled fight in Russia was canceled last May and Wilder’s side stands to get the $4.5 million that was placed in escrow before the fight. Povetkin’s side can appeal.Speaking to media at his Skyy Gym headquarters in Northport on Tuesday, Wilder said he’s excited about the verdict but remains focused on his Feb. 25 bout against Gerald Washington in Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
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