Sergio Martinez wants random drug testing for a potential fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but Chavez reportedly has rejected the idea. (Photo by Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may fight in September, and even though you're probably inclined to write off that idea as yet another boring stall tactic, one thing is worth noting: Martinez would want Floyd-style (what boxing people refer to as "Olympic-style") drug testing, and Sal Rodriguez reports that Chavez isn't game:
Martinez indicates there are no issues related to the money and everything appears to be in order, but Julio must accept the involvement of a random drug testing protocol. According to Martinez, Julio has rejected the idea of Olympic testing and wants the local commission, in Las Vegas or otherwise, to handle the testing regulations of both boxers.
I can't make any accusations here because it would be wrong and someone would probably sue me or something, so let's just say this as nicely as possible: If Chavez has truly turned down this level of drug testing, that's just not a very good look for him, considering he's failed Nevada tests, his last fight had a scandal when Texas "forgot" to have the people around to do WBC-mandated testing, and he also keeps fighting in Texas, which doesn't do ANY post-fight drug testing.
So add it all up and I'm sure his handlers and defenders come to 1 + 1 = WBC gold, bitches!, but no, it doesn't make him look good at all.
Chavez is due back in the ring on June 16, though he has no opponent now that Martin Murray is out, and all of this is supposedly a-OK with Team Martinez and promoter Lou DiBella because they're going to work out some deal where Chavez won't be stripped of his belt, will make his voluntary defense in June (possibly against Vanes Martirosyan, even though he and Chavez share the same trainer), but will agree to totally, for serious, next time, you guys, defend his meaningless trinket against Martinez in September.
The WBC said they were going to make sure negotiations began on Monday, but who knows? The WBC does and says a lot of things, often not as important as what they don't do or say.
It gives Martinez/DiBella a few more months of complaining about Chavez to get into the news, I guess.