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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Addresses Drug Test Controversy

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr won on Saturday but there is a cloud of controversy because of the lack of drug testing.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr won on Saturday but there is a cloud of controversy because of the lack of drug testing. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After each WBC sanctioned bout, there should be mandatory drug testing that takes place. This regulation is outlined in the latest edition of the WBC rules, specifically section 4.36. Apparently the Texas commission "forgot" to administer the drug test after the fight. Obviously this is not a good thing, especially considering the circumstances. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was rumored to be having trouble making the weight, yet he came in at a half pound under the 160 lb limit. Also Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has previously tested positive for a diuretic, a drug that will drain your water weight (It makes you pee) and mask potential PED use. Being suspicious of a stacked deck even before the fight, Marco Antonio Rubio has filed a complaint.

Now it seems that Junior has responded to the potential allegations via an interview with Salvador Rodriguez of Mexico for The Record and Boxing Scene.

"I think what they are trying to do is discredit my victory. Whenever they want, I'll take the exams. I'm clean, and like myself [Rubio] was not tested - and it wasn't his fault or my fault, but the fault of the commission in any case," Chavez said from his native Culiacan.

"There was nothing extraordinary [about my victory]. I won cleanly. I don't want to really talk about it any more. The commission did not conduct the drug examinations on both of us and not just one of us. I did not run away from anything and I fought well."

A couple of things stand out as being slightly suspicious at best and downright fishy at worst. First, both the WBC and Chavez are taking the same exact position. It's not our fault that there was not a post-fight drug test, it was the local commission's fault. Of course the WBC strong-armed the local commission into having open scoring during the fight but they have no legal authority over the local commission according to their twitter feed. Second, if someone says that they don't want to talk about a controversy, it usually means there might be something in the rumors. I don't want to say anyone is guilty at this point, but there absolutely needs to be an independent investigation of the events of that night. Too many strange occurrences happened that night and boxing fans should demand an explanation from everyone involved.

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