WBC clears Wach and Durodola

Following an administrative investigation, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has ruled on petitions from Olanrewaju Durodola and Mariusz Wach regarding their WBC Silver Championship contests in Kazan, Russia on November 4, 2015.

After the bouts, allegations were made that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) testing of the “A” Samples of both boxers taken just after the fights showed positive, such tests occurring on November 5.

However, on November 9, 2015, an Independent Commission issued a report to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and as a result, on November 18 WADA declared that RUSADA had been non-compliant.

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Following the petitions and a request for expedited relief, and based upon this unique set of facts, the WBC has determined that it is unable to defend the reliability of RUSADA’s testing of the “A” Samples or the integrity of the “B” Samples, due to the chain of custody being solely at the non-compliant RUSADA.

Therefore the WBC has cleared both Mr. Durodola and Mr. Wach for competition in the WBC. As they relate to the WBC, the results of both bouts remain as original. Alexander Povetkin remains as WBC mandatory challenger and Olanrewaju Durodola remains as WBC Silver champion.

Additionally, in order to confirm his status as Silver Champion in the WBC, Mr. Durodola has executed the WBC agreement to fully participate as required in the new WBC Clean Boxing Program, which is being administered by the WBC in conjunction with the independent Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

The WBC Clean Boxing Program being instituted provides for random and mandatory anti-doping testing of boxers both in-competition and out-of-competition.

Mr. Durodola has indicated that he welcomes the opportunity to be part of the program, and the WBC is certain that Mr. Wach also wishes to participate, each to confirm that he fights as a clean boxer and complies with all rules and regulations of the WBC.

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