Late last night we talked about Marco Antonio Rubio throwing a PEDs accusation at Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and I said then that I thought it was reckless and kind of stupid, since his claims of Chavez's undying stamina were unfounded, and in a way I still believe in that (the claim seems unfounded, as Chavez clearly tired in the fight and said as much after), but this does change things a bit, and by a bit, I mean a whole hell of a lot.
Rubio says there were no drug tests for the fight, and he's going to file a complaint. And if there were no drug tests for the fight, he should file a complaint, and yes, something stinks here.
As Jake Donovan outlines in the official WBC rules, anti-doping tests are required for WBC title fights:
c) Antidoping Test Required. The anti-doping tests are mandatory for every world title or elimination bout. When a site for a title bout has no anti-doping facilities, a nearby city will be used. The WBC may print a form setting forth the anti-doping tests and procedures and attach it to registered contracts of champions and challengers. An official WBC laboratory may also be established by the WBC. Both champion and challenger shall adhere to these procedures and policies, and mandatory drug testing will be performed pursuant to the WBC Rules and Regulations herein.
This would be the second very strange thing to happen with the WBC and the Texas commission in this fight, as there was also open scoring in the bout, which is a WBC thing, but is not something that happens under the unified rules of the Association of Boxing Commissions, WBC fight or not. In other words, it does not happen in the United States. On the HBO broadcast, Harold Lederman suggested that the Texas commission had been railroaded by the WBC, who simply had the open scoring shown to the corners and not loudly announced that I could tell. There was an on-air shot of Freddie Roach getting a look at the cards in Chavez's corner.
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But no drug testing? That's something pretty serious. I don't care if the drug testing is effective or not, which frankly it generally isn't. You have to do it. And Rubio is 100% right to pursue a complaint here.
Why no drug testing? The only thing most people are going to think is that Chavez had something to hide and the WBC chose to help him hide it, once again protecting their baby boy, and the Texas commission, which has a questionable history itself, went along for the ride.
WBC dictator Jose Sulaiman was apparently asked by Rubio's team where there was no post-fight drug test, and Sulaiman allegedly replied that they had "totally forgot."
Right. Totally forgot. Everyone involved from the WBC side totally forgot.