After his successful WBC middleweight title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas last Saturday, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. somehow managed to escape the arena without leaving behind his urine sample for mandatory commission drug testing.
Most close followers of the sport know that the drug testing mandated in boxing is pretty much just for show and that any smart cheat could easily escape detection. Still, the post-fight urine test issued by state commissions has become a token gesture and a post-fight tradition.
Some fighters still manage to get snared in the outdated drug tested protocol, but most informed observers would agree that determined high-end users would easily escape any attempts at detection under the current system.
In Chavez's particular case, the lack of a post-fight test could be considered flat-out negligent because he was one of the few caught up in the primitive urine analysis.
The 25-year-old native of Culiacan, Mexico served a seven month suspension as a result of testing positive for a banned substance following his 2009 bout with Troy Rowland. The second generation star tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic which has been used in desperate bids to make weight quickly. The substance, however, has also been used as a masking agent to disguise the use of other banned substances. Of course, it's impossible to determine whether Chavez's furosemide use was weight-related or due to an effort to hide something more devious.
Regardless of the reason, though, as a fighter with a recent history of drug cheating, Chavez should be under a microscope when it comes to vigilant testing.
Instead, the defending WBC world middleweight titlist picked up his things and, according to representatives of Marco Antonio Rubio, "practically fled from the dressing room without leaving a sample to be medically evaluated later."
When questioned why Chavez had been allowed to leave the arena without submitting to mandatory testing, it was reported that WBC President, Jose Sulaiman, simply shrugged his shoulders and said, "we forgot."
Marco Antonio Rubio and his handlers plan to file a formal protest regarding the issue.
The Texas commission has come under fire previously for questionable dealings and it's no secret to hardcore fight fans that the Mexico City-based WBC has shown a tendency to favor big-ticket Mexican fighters when doing business. Together, Texas and the WBC either dropped the ball due to incompetence or intentionally let the ball fall to the ground.
In any case, Chavez, who was arrested and charged with DUI just days prior to his defense against Rubio, was allowed to simply wave off testing without the slightest repercussion.
So, to put things into perspective, not only are the drug testing methods virtually useless in this day and age of high-profile cheats, but the little testing that does exist appears to be easily avoided for those with the right connections.
When hearing about these stories, it boggles the mind why the boxing media and fans aren't absolutely demanding the establishment of a real, centralized authority in boxing. A legitimate national commission would get rid of the corruption and inept shenanigans that have become all too common in big time boxing these days.
The sport desperately needs to put an end to the kind of chaos that allows fighters like Chavez to just come and do as they please.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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