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Jessie Vargas Agrees to VADA Testing for Title Bout

By Ryan Maquiñana

Jessie Vargas has submitted to random drug testing administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), BoxingScene.com was informed Tuesday, per a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), the reigning WBA junior welterweight titleholder, will defend his belt against Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs) on Aug. 2 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. HBO will televise the clash, which will be part of the card leading up to Brandon Rios’ 10-round welterweight battle with Diego Chaves.

Vargas turned in the requisite paperwork to promoter Top Rank last week, with the testing period to begin, effective immediately. However, while Novikov has been offered a sponsorship to cover the costs of VADA testing, he has not yet consented to it.

In 2012, Novikov captured the vacant WBC silver welterweight title, but the bout was ultimately ruled a no-contest when the Russian southpaw failed a drug test following his decision win over Karlo Tabaghua.

As has been the case with other bouts involving VADA, a fighter must produce blood and urine samples at random throughout the period leading up to the fight. Carbon isotope ratio (CIR) testing, which focuses on detecting synthetic testosterone, will be part of the process.

VADA’s services were utilized for Manny Pacquiao’s 2013 decision win over Rios, with the latter coming up positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant.

The Nevada commission will conduct its standard pre- and postfight urine tests apart from VADA’s package.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jayblack on 07-02-2014

[QUOTE=Snake4380;14719019]You know who else wouldn't agree to VADA testing? Mayweather and PEDinimita Marquez. In negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Mayweather refused Pacquiao's camp's demand for VADA testing and Floyd Joy stated that USADA is the only agency that conducts testing…

Comment by jayblack on 07-02-2014

[QUOTE=kamikaze_ero;14719537]Floyd was 3x tested positive for ped and USADA concealed the result..Floyd only wants USADA and doesn't want VADA for some reason...[/QUOTE] If they concealed the results then how is it that you are so privledged to these so called…

Comment by radioraheem on 07-02-2014

[QUOTE=Snake4380;14719019]You know who else wouldn't agree to VADA testing? Mayweather and PEDinimita Marquez. In negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Mayweather refused Pacquiao's camp's demand for VADA testing and Floyd Joy stated that USADA is the only agency that conducts testing…

Comment by Loque-san on 07-02-2014

Props to Jessie Vargas for doing VADA testing. Novikov should have been contractually obligated to do it too. BoxRec shows he failed a drug test in 2012. Nobody knows who he is anyway, so either he agrees to VADA testing…

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 07-02-2014

Paulie got the tards so mad they're posting about Floyd in every thread :nonono:

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