Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse: Garcia says drug testing is not because of suspicions toward Matthysse

Elsa

Danny Garcia declares that his reasons for wanting additional drug testing for his fight with Lucas Matthysse are not because of doping suspicions toward Matthysse.

According to a report by David Greisman of Boxing Scene, Danny Garcia did not request to have USADA drug testing because of fear of Lucas Matthysse doping. Garcia insists that additional testing is something that all champions need to do, and he just wants a clean fight.

Here is what Garcia said, via Boxing Scene:

"It doesn't matter who I fight, it's just something I feel needs to be done if you want to be the champion. I just want a clean fight, and that's it. It has nothing to do with Lucas Matthysse. It's just what I do."

The reason for Garcia saying this is because, well, any time a guy looks like a monster the way Matthysse did against Lamont Peterson, people become extremely skeptical. It's certainly not a terrible thing to be skeptical in today's professional sports world (not just boxing) but, at times, it can resemble a witch hunt where we question any and every dominant performance. Oh, and Garcia's dad just laughs at Matthysse's win over Peterson like something was up.

You may recall Garcia's rematch with Erik Morales being shrouded in controversy because of USADA testing. Morales tested positive for a diuretic, but the fight continued as scheduled. People have speculated a big reason why the fight was not cancelled (unlike Andre Berto's rematch with Victor Ortiz or Peterson's rematch with Amir Khan) is because Garcia's camp knew it was an easy win, not to mention a very nice payday that nobody would want to lose because an over-the-hill fighter tested positive for a diuretic.

But regardless of the weak precedent set with the Morales debacle, Angel Garcia has stated that the Matthysse match would be called off if "The Machine" tested positive.

Here, in one of Ryan Bivin's videos from Garcia's media day in Philadelphia last week, Angel tries to explain why the Morales fight was not cancelled and that the Matthysse fight will be cancelled if he tests positive.


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker