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 Last update:  7/19/2012       Read more by Jake Donovan         
   
NSAC: Chavez, Martinez Drug Test Negative For Steroids
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By Jake Donovan

So far, the September 15 middleweight championship bout between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is still on as scheduled.

Due to the number of notable athletes who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs this year alone, random drug testing has served as a major storyline for any big boxing event these days. There’s a legitimate sidebar that comes with the middleweight title fight, though for the moment the issue is being addressed head on.

Random testing was performed on both fighters for PED’s and masking agents, as ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for discretionary purposes. The fight takes place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, within the jurisdiction of the NSAC.

Testing was done on July 11, with results coming back negative for both fighters.

"They're tested for dozens of other substances," said Kizer of the results, which came back today after being examined at Quest Lab in Lenexa, Kansas. "They're tested for all of that, and they came back negative for the masking agents, diuretics and anabolic steroids."

The fight marks the first return to Las Vegas for Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32KO) since he was suspended after testing positive for a banned diuretic following his Nov. ’09 fight with Troy Rowland. Chavez Jr. was forced to sit out for seven months, returning to the ring in June ’10 with new trainer Freddie Roach for a pay-per-view headliner against John Duddy in San Antonio.

Four of his six fights following the suspension have taken place in Texas, including both of his ring appearances in 2012. On each occasion, the subject of drug testing surfaced.

The absence of a post-fight test following his February win over Marco Antonio Rubio led to a formal protest filed by the Rubio camp, after being assured two days prior in the fighter’s meeting that drug testing would in fact take place.

Four months later, Chavez Jr. rallied to stop Andy Lee in the 7th round of their HBO headliner in El Paso, Texas. Shortly thereafter, the Lee camp began telling tales of the shoddy circumstances surrounding the means of securing samples from Chavez Jr.

Martinez (49-2-2, 28KO) has spent the past year or so calling out Chavez Jr. The lineal middleweight king was forced to vacate the very alphabet title in his future opponent’s possession and has been on a mission to retrieve it.

Shortly after the fight was officially announced during the recent press tour, Martinez has since gone on record to claim that he initially requested Olympic-style drug testing but that Chavez Jr. allegedly refused to accommodate. Martinez and his handlers have nevertheless agreed to the fight.

The efforts made by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – similar to the protocol taken for the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas this past May - are somewhat of a fair compromise.

There is a legitimate argument to be made that its testing levels aren’t as strict as organizations such as VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency). Nevertheless, the news reported so far means one more fight remaining on the schedule.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr , Sergio Martinez , Chavez-Martinez , Chavez vs Martinez


 

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comment by IMDAZED, on 07-20-2012
I'm happy to hear but..I sure hope this isn't like the bullsh*t they did the last time tried this--when combatants got two days notice of this random test. Sure looks like it though, unfortunately.

comment by Weebler I, on 07-20-2012
[QUOTE=rzagza]I'm amazed how naive and stupid some people are. Shouldn't be shocked tho - many boxing fans are poor and lower class of society. Unless a guy is passing a random vada blood test - there is no news. Dirty fighters have been passing piss tests for decades. Means nothing. Zero. Squat....

comment by Corelone, on 07-20-2012
I have to go with the tests, Jr is clean. I wonder what they weigh?

comment by theocdog, on 07-20-2012
[QUOTE=spoonwars]Just remember, VADA caught them and not USADA. USADA has more loopholes than VADA.[/QUOTE] Just wondering what loopholes are you talking about? Cuz I went to USADA and VADA websites and they both test randomly, they both test for all substinsance that WADA tests for, and they bot...

comment by Primera, on 07-20-2012
[QUOTE=boxk]chicken jr by way of 20 pounds heavier.[/QUOTE] Martinez' fault for not taking advantage.

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