WBC Super-Featherweight Champion Looks To Clear Himself Of Controversy
Earlier this week, Intuboxing.com brought you the news that reiging WBC World Super-Featherweight Champion, Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23KO) tested positive for the banned substance, phentermine, during routine testing as part of the WBC's Clean Boxing Program. The substance in question, is an appetite supressant that could be used to help a fighter make weight.
The champions camp claim that the failed test was a direct result of drinking herbal tea, which they did before Valdez' B sample also came back positive for the substance.
Bizarrely, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Athletic Commission have decided to observe WADA, not VADA rules. Meaning that the failed test came 'out of competiton', much to the dismay of professional fighters and fight-fans world wide. However, this does mean that Valdez will be allowed to fight Robson Conceição. The WBC 130-Pound title will still be on the line after the governing body gave Valdez what can only be called 'a light slap on the wrist' after handing out a 12 month probation sentence for the offense.
The boxing world has taken aim at both Valdez and his camp, stewarded by Eddy Reynoso, also the trainer to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. And, rightly so in this writers humble opinion. The boxer has taken to social media to proclaim his innocence.
“My people, I have never used banned substances to enhance my performance. I have never done it. I have been respectful of the anti-doping rules since I was an amateur, Olympian, and now professional.
“Since I became world champion in 2016, l have been VADA-tested more than 30 times. I insisted — in writing — on VADA testing for myself and Robson Conceicao for this fight.
“I would like to thank my manager Frank Espinoza, Top Rank, Eddy Reynoso and my entire team for standing by me throughout this process.
“I would also like to thank the Pascua Yaqui Boxing Commission for the due process in hearing my case.
“I will happily comply with the stipulations set forth by the World Boxing Council, to collaborate in the programs, tests, and other activities required of me.
“See you on September 10 in the ?rst defence of my WBC world title in Tucson, Arizona.”