By Jose Luis Camarillo, notifight.com
Former four division champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales has promised to go to war with USADA [United States Anti-Doping Agency] to clear his name and fight the allegations being brought against him. Morales is facing a possible two-year suspension due his failed drug test, administered by USADA, which took place before last October's fight with WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Morales tested positive for clenbuterol. The boxer has blamed the positive result on eating contamined meat in Mexico. There is a high rate of clenbuterol use in the Mexican meat industry.
Morales has stated that he doesn't plan to fight again in the United States, but he does want to have a few farewell fights in Mexico.
"Clenbuterol is not a banned substance in boxing, and this is backed by words of the WBC and the WBA's representatives. Yes, I tested positive in 2 of the 3 tests [the last one was negative] with a very minimum of level [of clenbuterol in the positive tests]. The WBC, WBA, and the New York Commission were aware of the issue and allowed the fight to take place. Clenbuterol is not banned from boxing," Morale said.
"I have not used any substance for the improvement or benefit of my body. I am, proudly, a clean fighter. [USADA] had accused me of using clenbuterol in my last fight, and they are not a governing body in boxing. Clenbuterol is not a banned substance in boxing and I never used it."
The World Boxing Council, led by president Jose Sulaiman, is backing Morales 100% and won't prevent him from fighting in Mexico.
"The only authorities in this title bout for the WBC super lightweight championship, between champion Danny García and challenger Erik Morales, were the Athletic Commission in New York and the WBC - and the only valid anti-doping tests being conducted in the eyes of the WBC were taken in the dressing rooms of the boxers before and after the fight," Sulaiman said.