Peter Quillin has agreed to take USADA drug testing for his fight with Winky Wright. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Though it's pretty late in the game for this to suddenly become a factor, Peter Quillin tells The Boxing Lab that Winky Wright has requested extra drug testing for their June 2 fight, which will air on Showtime. Quillin has accepted the request, and USADA will oversee the testing.
To date, USADA has done only Floyd Mayweather's fights in boxing, so this will be something new for them. Other fights with extra drug testing in the States have gone through VADA, which has recently led to canceled fights when Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto failed drug tests.
Here's part of what Quillin had to say about it:
"You know at first I was kind of like ‘What is this guy doing!?’. Two weeks before the fight? Why not early in the camp? Why now? But at the end of the day, with all this stuff going on, why not. Let’s do it. I want to show my fans what kind of fighter I am. I’m a clean fighter," said Quillin.
I say good on both guys for this one. I'm one of those who thinks that the fighters, the promoters, the commissions (ha!), and everyone needs to push for more drug testing for major fights.
The two failed tests could have led to folks in boxing becoming reluctant to pursue the testing. But instead, Wright appears to have decided it was a good reason for it to happen for his fight, and Quillin has agreed.