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Schaefer Says Finger Should Not Point at Alex Ariza

There is presently a palpable buzz in the city of San Antonio ahead of tonight’s Showtime-televised duel between WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner and former titlist Marcos Maidana.

Things got a bit hyped at Friday’s weigh-in but even before the two fighters took to the stage there was another storyline that caught the sport by storm.

Former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios failed his post-fight drug test following his Nov. 23 unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau, China, as the Kansas native was found to have traces of Methylhexaneamine in his system, a drug known for being associated dietary purposes, according to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

Upon hearing the news, several insiders immediately turned their attention to Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Ariza is in San Antonio, as he also works with Maidana, and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer quickly defended the embattled coach over what he feels has been unfair criticism.

“People always love to blame Ariza for everything,” Schaefer stated. “I don’t think that’s fair. I’m going to leave it at that. Just automatically, people point fingers at Ariza. That’s bullsh*t. I think Ariza is doing a terrific job and he’s an asset to the sport of boxing.”

Asked what may have happened with Rios’ test, Schaefer didn’t have an ideal explanation but threw out some possibilities.

“Maybe it was some vitamins he took,” Schaefer said. “Maybe it was some food or whatever. Maybe it was part of the Chinese food he ate. I don’t know. But just to go and point fingers at Ariza, that’s not right.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sapo13 on 12-15-2013

pacquaio= finally agrees to random testing Fires alex ariza!!! things that make you go HMMMM

Comment by Cgarcia on 12-14-2013

These are all diversionary tactics to shift the focus away from the biggest cheater in boxing. The guy who tested positive three times and got away with it. What could be worse? Come on people. People know who the real…

Comment by ColWallace on 12-14-2013

Yeah nice try Richard. The whiff of PED use will linger wherever Ariza goes - in this case it's San Antonio today at your event. Not suggesting Maidana cheats, but if I were a pro boxer I'd be steering clear…

Comment by WESS on 12-14-2013

Blame it on the rain?

Comment by titan m on 12-14-2013

[QUOTE=BuckToothed;14027362]Rios PED obviously didn't work for him since he got the thrashing of his life over 12 rounds, which is punishment enough. Most of the arguments are actually being focused on Pac and that somehow this incident is proof positive…

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