Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Alvarado, Rios, Crawford, Prescott Tests Come Back Clean

By Jake Donovan

Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios spent their Easter weekend beating the hell out of each other. Both will be pleased to know that no hidden surprises were found in the commission’s Easter Egg hunt in the laboratory.

Drug test results came back negative across the board for the pair of 140 lb. contenders following their thrilling rematch last Saturday in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Alvarado avenged last year’s defeat with a close but clear 12-round points win over Rios in their HBO-televised main event at the Mandalay Bay.

The co-feature saw a breakout performance from Terence Crawford, who moved up in weight on short notice to soundly defeat Breidis Prescott in their 10-round super lightweight contest.

“The steroid/drug test results for Alvarado, Rios, Crawford and Prescott are back and they were all negative,” informed NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer in a statement.

No form of random pre-fight drug testing was performed, though such practice is one that is favored by Angel Heredia, Rios’ recently hired strength and conditioning coach. Their working relationship was kept under wraps only to avoid distractions during champ.

Heredia comes to the sport with a checkered past, but has openly campaigned for more stringent testing in pro boxing. The trainer put his money where his mouth is in successfully lobbying for random drug testing to be performed prior to the May 25 bout between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. Heredia is currently working with Pascal for the upcoming light heavyweight bout.

All fighters on the card were tested, but the results back as of Wednesday afternoon were for the aforementioned HBO bouts.

“We also tested all the undercard boxers and expect those test results soon,” Kizer promised.

The HBO doubleheader drew 1.2 million viewers, according to a recent press release from the network. The ratings were nearly double that of the first bout between Rios and Alvarado, which served as the televised co-feature to Nonito Donaire’s 122 lb. lineal championship winning effort over Toshiaki Nishioka last October.

Rios won the first bout, stopping Alvarado in the 7th round of a bout many hailed as the best fight of 2012. The loss was the first as a pro for Alvarado, who in turn snatched Rios’ “0” this past weekend.

Talks of a rubber match have already surfaced, with both fighters expressing interest in doing it again.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines George Groves: I'd Love To Unify, That Will Be The Next Goal Buffalo Beginners Bring Bad Luck For Reigning Champs Spence: I Proved I Can Take a Punch From a Big, Strong Welter Kovalev's Trainer Jackson Tried To Jump Ship To Andre Ward's Team? Juanma Lopez Breaks Ties With Black Tiger, Wants Big Fights Errol Spence: Beating Brook Makes Me Number '1' at The Weight Chemito Moreno Says Eye Issue Made Him Stay Down With Ceja Jose Argumedo Stops Gabriel Mendoza To Retain The IBF Belt WBC Prez Expects Golovkin To Stake Title, Despite Canelo's Beef Verdejo To Train With Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, Flanagan Eyed Rigondeaux Warns Flores: When We Get in There - I Will Not Forgive! Lolenga Mock vs. Luke Blackledge Set For June 17, Denmark Cruiserweight Fighting For His Life After Knockout Loss Manny Pacquiao Backs Philippines President in War on ISIS Photos: Adonis Stevenson Grinds Hard For Fonfara Rematch Brook Quit Vs. Spence Because He Was Worried He'd Go Blind Photos: Jean Pascal, Roy Jones Jr. Come Together - Putting in Work Brook, Hearn Agree the Time is Right to Move Up to 154 Pounds Kovalev Feels Boost With Russian Coach For Andre Ward Rematch Photos: Andrzej Fonfara Open Workout For Stevenson Rematch Kudryashov vs. Durodola II Undercard is Coming Together Felix Alvarado, Rene Alvarado, Byron Rojas Get Knockout Wins Groves: I'm Sure I'll Beat DeGale Again, I Beat Him Twice Already Tim Tszyu Set To Return on July 22 in Toowoomba Sanchez: Golovkin Will Wear Canelo Down By Eight or Ninth Michael Conlan: I Want a Better Opponent Next, A Real Threat Who Can Handle "The Truth" After Brook-Spence? Joshua Could Lose IBF Belt Prior To Klitschko II, Pulev Stands Firm Omar Narvaez vs. Nikolay Potapov For WBO Interim-Title Diego Chaves Lands Grudge Match, Fabian Maidana on Undercard Golden Boy Prez on Working With Cotto Again, Canelo Rematch Povetkin vs. Rudenko Will Require Doping Tests, Says Manager Lipinets' Manager: Indongo Will Face Crawford, Belt Will Be Vacant Roach Relieved, Says Pacquiao Finally Getting Back into Form Miguel Cotto Will Resume Training at Wild Card on July 3 Bellew: Brook Had The Fight Beaten Out of Him By Errol Spence Porter: Spence Sent Message To Entire Welterweight Division Khan Wants to Fight Brook at Bramall Lane Next Summer Spence Broke Brook's Left Orbital Bone, Surgery a Possibility Spence: Brook Had To Quit - Or Eye May Get Permanent Damage
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement