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Oscar Valdez maintains he’s a clean fighter, would never take banned substances

Valdez defends his WBC title against Robson Conceicao this weekend.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Amidst the fallout of Oscar Valdez testing positive for banned substance phentermine, despite him still being allowed to defend his WBC world title against Robson Conceicao, Valdez talks with ESPN’s Mark Kriegel about how he tested dirty and why he still considers himself a clean fighter.

Valdez on how he tested positive for banned diuretic

“What I can say is I’m a 100% clean fighter. I don’t know how that got into my body. I know that every fighter is responsible for whatever they consume but on behalf of myself, I have no clear answer on how that got into my body. I have always been and will always be a clean fighter so I have no serious question [probably meaning ‘answer’] as how that got into my body.”

On if Conceicao should still follow through with this fight after learning his opponent tested positive for banned substances

“If I was him I would 100% fight me because there’s a chance to win a world title, the world title is still on the line. And being more honest, if I were Conceicao I would think ‘What is he taking? Oh, he’s taking a substance to lose weight. Well, that’s a pretty dumb move because he’s losing weight way too early from the fight so that means he might be maybe drained or overtrained.

“But as far as there’s no performance enhancing drug as far as steroids or antibiotics or growth hormones — those types of drugs I believe that would make a difference and could hurt somebody, could actually kill somebody, which that I don’t believe it should even be stripped from the belt or cancel the fight. I think someone who uses those types of drugs should go to jail. I would never do that and I wouldn’t even take this substance that came out in my system — I would never intentionally take it.”

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