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Julian Williams will require challengers to do 90 days of VADA testing

The new 154-pound titleholder won’t fight without random drug testing.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Julian “J Rock” Williams, who upset Jarrett Hurd to win the WBA and IBF 154-pound titles on May 11, will require future opponents to do “at least 90 days random blood testing” through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).

Williams (27-1-1, 16 KO) seems likely to rematch Hurd (23-1, 16 KO), as Hurd has and says he’ll exercise a rematch clause, but that could come later, and not immediately. In the meantime, there’s also been talk of Williams unifying against the winner of the June 23 rematch between WBC titleholder Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo.

There really won’t be any shortage of options for Williams, and I doubt the VADA request will scare off anyone who’s in the race. VADA has been a part of big-time boxing for years now, and while it’s not perfect, it’s pretty much the gold standard of the testing which is available in boxing right now.

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