Jay Deas, co-manager and trainer of World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), admits that he's very concerned with the recent news that Bermane Stiverne missed a drug test for performance enhancing drugs, as mandated by the World Boxing Council as part of their Clean Boxing Program in association with The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
VADA, which oversees the WBC's testing program, counts a missed test as a failed drug test.
The WBC announced on Monday that Stiverne had missed the test. It creates an obvious problem, because back in February the sanctioning body had ordered Wilder to make a mandatory defense against Stiverne.
As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Wilder and his camp are very interested in facing undefeated Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz - potentially on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Wilder has been out of the ring since February 25, when he stopped Gerald Washington at Birmingham’s Legacy Arena.
In order to face Ortiz, Wilder and his team will have to deal with the issue of Stiverne being the mandatory - and the missed drug test might create a chain reaction where Stiverne loses his mandatory position.
“I don’t know the details, but it’s definitely something to be concerned about,” Deas said to the Tuscaloosa News. “Deontay has tested clean dating back to the Olympics (2008). We want a level playing field and we want everybody we get in the ring with to be clean as well. That should be a given, but unfortunately that’s not always the case.”
Wilder has had two scheduled opponents fall out in a twelve month span for failing pre-fight drug tests.
Ortiz himself failed a drug test in the past and served out a suspension after coming up positive for steroids.
“If we were to fight Ortiz, we would certainly insist that he’s tested like we’re tested,” Deas said.
Another potential opponent is Dominic Breazeale, who knocked out Izuagbe Ugonoh, on the undercard to Wilder's fight with Washington.
After that fight was over, Breazeale and Wilder had a physical confrontation at a Birmingham hotel. As a result of that incident, Breazeale filed a civil suit against Wilder.
“I haven’t heard his name much,” Deas said. “I haven’t heard he’s in the mix for this. If the fight was to come about, we would expect negotiations to begin once the suit is dropped. We’re not going to fight a guy and give him a shot at the heavyweight championship that’s suing us. That’s not how the world works.”