The WBC is kicking off a new drug testing and awareness program starting with the Matthysse-Postol title fight scheduled for October 3rd. The program is a joint venture with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), entitled the "WBC Clean Boxing Program," which has a stated goal of testing for PEDs as well as educating fighters on the health risks and penalties associated with PED use.
The three primary objectives of the program are:
- An awareness program to educate boxers on the dangers of illegal substances through tutorials, webinars, forums, materials , etc.
- Out of competition random testing
- Voluntary enrollment by fighters
Both Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol, who will be fighting for the vacant 140lb title, have volunteered to be apart of this new initiative. The WBC press release states that their full policies and procedures for the program will be made available to the public through their website. They also indicate that they will continuously report on the progress of the new program in an effort for transparency.