Bivol Confirms Enrollment in VADA Testing for Barrera Fight

By Keith Idec

Dmitry Bivol confirmed Friday in an interview with that he has enrolled in VADA’s testing program for his upcoming title fight against Sullivan Barrera.

Bivol arrived in the Los Angeles area earlier this week from Russia to train for their March 3 bout in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The WBA light heavyweight champion has undergone commission testing for performance-enhancing drugs before and after previous bouts, but this will mark the first fight for which he’ll be tested by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

The 35-year-old Barrera, the mandatory challenger for Bivol’s title, expressed concern last week because he hadn’t received confirmation that Bivol had enrolled in the program. The Cuban contender didn’t accuse Bivol of using PEDs, but he threatened to pull out of the fight if the unbeaten Bivol wasn’t tested by VADA during training camp.

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The 27-year-old Bivol agreed to VADA testing before a deal was finalized last month for their 12-round championship match. The native of Kyrgyzstan said Friday that he was always committed to taking part in the testing.

“I don’t mind doing the tests,” Bivol said through a translator. “I’m doing the tests and I will keep doing it. It’s not a problem for me. I’m always ready for VADA testing or any testing.”

Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) and Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) are paying for their own testing, which could cost in excess of $10,000 apiece. Barrera has been tested by VADA since enrolling in its program prior to his unanimous-decision defeat to Andre Ward in March 2016.

HBO will televise the Bivol-Barrera bout as the opener of a “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader March 3. In the main event, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) will defend his title against fellow Russian Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs), a southpaw who owns the IBO 175-pound championship.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-13-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18403489]What did i tell you Shoulderroll?[/QUOTE] He was dragging his feet according to Barrera. So it's good that he finally agreed to do VADA. But more importantly...has he been tested yet? The fight is only a month and a half…

Comment by BendOver on 01-13-2018

He did dragged his feet for about two or three weeks. no excuse with Holidays. We have cell phones and Internet. A text message would do it. I'm glad he agreed and Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a fight... I'm…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 01-13-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18402640]Dirty Pedvol waited for the peds to cycle out of his system[/QUOTE] If that's the case, then maybe he learned it from Floyd, Ward, and Canelo.

Comment by Wing Pingping on 01-13-2018

Pitry-dish Bivola gonna get knocked back to Sovietastan and ecspozed for the bum destroyor he is

Comment by DuckAdonis on 01-13-2018

What did i tell you Shoulderroll?

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