By Ryan Burton
On October 12th, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley is scheduled to defend his title against four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
There has been some controversy in regards to the random drug testing that will be performed for the fight. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum previously stated that he has contracted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to handle th testing while Bradley maintains that either USADA and/or VADA will handle the testing. Bradley shed some more light on the situation during a recent conversation he had with us on BoxingScene Radio.
"My contract says VADA USADA is going to be involved. There's nowhere that says a third party is going to be involved. I spoke to (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer earlier this week, with Marquez and everybody on the phone, and I let him know what my concerns were.
"I let them know that you guys are doing the testing that my promoter is asking for you to do but in my contract it says USADA VADA. That's what it says in my contract so that's what I'm going with. The whole state of Nevada getting involved and doing their drug testing, that's fine but in my contract it still says VADA USADA is going to be involved as well," Bradley stated.
The 29-year-old Bradley said that he has no issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission but that he just wants USADA and/or VADA to be involved and maintains that the fight won't happen if they aren't involved.
"At the end of the day if that doesn't happen it is a breach of my contract. It is nothing against the Nevada State Commission. It is one of the best commissions in the world. They have been around for years but I just want VADA and USADA involved as well.
"At this point if they are not going to be involved there is not going to be a fight at all. Just put it that way. If this guy doesn't get drug tested at all by VADA or USADA then the fight's not going to happen," said Bradley.
BoxingScene Radio co-host Luis Sandoval asked Bradley point blank if he would walk away from the fight, leaving millions of dollars on the table, if the drug testing isn't performed up to his expectations.
"I would definitely embrace walking away from this situation. If someone's not willing to take the test it just sounds real fishy to me. I am not going to fight someone at this level and risk everything if they cheated. Everybody has to be drug tested. If this guy's not tested the fight won't happen," Bradley told BoxingScene Radio.
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Tags: Timothy Bradley , Juan Manuel Marquez , Marquez-Bradley , Marquez vs Bradley