Oscar Valdez’s constructive medicine check set off an argument between the light-weight division’s prime expertise within the early hours of Thursday morning.
It was revealed earlier this week that the WBC super-featherweight champion examined constructive for phentermine – a central-nervous stimulant.
His staff have insisted that the Mexican didn’t knowingly ingest the substance forward of his defence in opposition to Robson Conceicao on September 10 and declare to consider it got here from “an natural tea”.
A listening to was held on Wednesday over the matter with a choice anticipated to comply with within the coming days.
Valdez achieved a career-best win again in February as he knocked out long-reigning champion Miguel Berchelt to turn into a two-weight king.
Now, his future is in query.
And a few boxers throughout the game are elevating questions on his camp, too.
Valdez is a part of Eddy Reynoso’s ‘Canelo Crew’ – extensively thought of one of many best stables in boxing as we speak.
Reynoso is considered the frontrunner for Coach of the Yr in 2021 having not solely guided Valdez to a surprising win, but in addition educated Ryan Garcia, Andy Ruiz Jr and boxing’s pound-for-pound king Canelo himself.
Again in 2018, Canelo obtained a six-month ban after testing constructive for clenbuterol and needed to postpone his rematch with Gennady Golovkin in consequence.
He at all times insisted this check consequence was because of contaminated meat in Mexico.
In 2019, WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez, additionally a part of Reynoso’s health club, examined constructive for clenbuterol as nicely.
Nonetheless, WADA (World Anti-Doping Affiliation) recognised the problem in Mexico and so raised the allowable threshold, that means Martinez was not punished.
The WBC subsequently put out a press release insisting that this was “affirmation of the innocence” of Canelo.
Regardless, in some quarters the harm was already performed by way of the status of Reynoso’s health club.
Now, two years later, the scenario with Valdez has reignited such discuss.
Gervonta Davis, who lately vacated his belt in Valdez’s division to proceed preventing at greater weights stated: “Lol. So we utilizing stimulants to boost our efficiency now. Wager.”
And WBC light-weight champion Devin Haney added: “Eddy Reynoso entire camp on that s***.”
This prompted a reply from Reynoso himself, but in addition from Haney’s light-weight rival Ryan Garcia, who’s a part of the health club.
Garcia hit again: “Shut your mouth, accusing me of dishonest. I get it, you may’t punch even with 8oz gloves, however don’t be accusing me of such a critical accusation.”
Haney responded: “I can’t punch, however you’re in no rush to battle me.”
To which Garcia stated: “They had been telling me you may’t promote and other people needed their a refund after falling asleep.”
Haney concluded: “If that’s your story,” and added a duck emoji for good measure.
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