Nonito Donaire is the only professional boxer in the world who has embraced 24/7/365 random drug testing, and he says that he's disappointed that nobody else has joined the cause.
Nonito Donaire tweeted tonight that the latest results are in for his year-round, random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), with the Filipino star testing negative for performance-enhancing drugs of any kind. Donaire also says he's "disappointed" that he's the only fighter doing this level of testing:
Latest Drug testing results are in blood and urine. Results are NEGATIVE. I'm pretty disappointed that no other professional boxer has submitted themselves to 365 24/7 testing with Vada (the only organization that has effectively caught people who are cheating). What do you guys think stops them?
VADA caught both Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto with failed drug tests earlier this year, and they weren't on year-round programs, but something similar to what Floyd Mayweather has done with USADA since 2010. Actually, USADA did recently catch Erik Morales with a pair of failed tests, but Morales was allowed to fight Danny Garcia in Brooklyn, anyway, after eventually passing a test.
Do you think anyone will be joining Donaire's cause any time soon? Will there be more fighters willing to tackle this important issue themselves, rather than just going along with the ineffective status quo?
Donaire faces Jorge Arce this Saturday night on HBO from the Toyota Center in Houston. Like Toshiaki Nishioka, the fighter Donaire beat in October, Arce has not undergone any additional drug testing.