David Benavidez Comes Up Positive For Cocaine in VADA Test

By Rick Reeno has been advised that WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez came up positive for cocaine in connection to a random drug test administered by VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] on August 27th.

The random test was given to Benavidez as part of his enrollment in the World Boxing Council's Clean Boxing Program.

At the moment, Benavidez has not signed a contract to fight in the coming months - which means his punishment will be limited to an undetermined fine from the WBC.

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Sources have advised BoxingScene that Benavidez came up clean in all of his past tests - which indicates that his recent failure is likely an isolated incident.

Benavidez is still scheduled to fight again before the year is over.

Attempts to reach Benavidez's promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, were unsuccessful.

Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) is bound to make a mandatory defense against top contender Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs).

On May 21, the World Boxing Council had ordered them to fight, and a purse bid, scheduled for June, was canceled after both sides reached a deal.

Their fight was initially targeted for this month.

Last year, Benavidez and Dirrell were scheduled to fight each other for the vacant WBC title - but Dirrell withdrew with an injury, and he was later replaced by Ronald Gavril.

Dirrell holds the number 2 ranking under the WBC. Callum Smith, who is part of the World Boxing Super Series tournament, is ranked at 1.

Dirrell previously held the WBC title and lost the belt by way of a close twelve round majority decision to Badou Jack in April of 2015.

Since that loss, he's won five fights in a row - with a dominating decision earlier this year over Abraham Han.

Benavidez had previously reached a deal to defend his title against former Olympian Matt Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs) of Russia on July 28.

But that contest was canceled when Benavidez became involved in a minor promotional dispute. He attempted to break away from Sampson Boxing and signed a promotional deal with Top Rank. However, he quickly had a change of heart and returned to Sampson Boxing in less than two weeks time - after Lewkowicz filed a legal suit.

Benavidez retained his world title back in February, when he won a dominant twelve round decision in his rematch with Ronald Gavril.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Catrin on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;19117472]This is simply outrageous!! I don't understand it he has a bright future and seems like a smart guy and humble. How are you going to do crack??!!! Adrien Broner is a dumb a$$ and even he hasn't done crack.....…

Comment by Catrin on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;19118166]Camacho, Tyson, Leonard, Calzaghe, Leon Spinks, Aaron Pryor, Delahoya, Tommy Morrison, Pavlik, Fury all did Coke![/QUOTE] it breaks my heart to add Chavez sr. to the list but it is what it is... Saludos Culiacan, Mazatlan & Cosala

Comment by Catrin on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=T.M.T;19117508]Ban his stupid ass. A serious message needs to be sent. I don't care who the **** it is.[/QUOTE] I guess your daddy Floyd beating on women is much better. he didn't get ban! chit he didn't even get suspended....!…

Comment by The D3vil on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=Zenkai;19118184] We are defending a successful man to do what he pleases in his privacy as long as he is not putting anyone in harms way. I would defend you the same way brother. [/QUOTE] Dude, cocaine is a stimulant…

Comment by killakali on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=Zenkai;19118184]No fine. No suspension. He had no PEDs in his system. If he was doing shady activity LEOs would handle it. Leaving boxing officials to boxing matters. He should not be punished for trying to clean the sport up from…

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