WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is currently scheduled to defend his title against Andy Lee on June 16. But many boxing fans are more interested in a potential fight against Sergio Martinez on Sept. 15.
As part of the conditions for the fight, Martinez wants both fighters to undergo random drug tests leading up to the bout, but Chavez doesn’t particularly like the idea. Chavez feels Martinez questioned his integrity as a boxer with the request, and he fired back during a recent interview with Boxingscene.com.
“Sergio is not in a position to demand these tests,” Chavez said. “That’s a decision for the Commission of Nevada and World Boxing Council. I am a clean and honest boxer. I prepare very hard for each fight and I do not ingest banned substances. Sergio Martinez cannot impose the terms. He wants to fight me just to make money and he hangs on my name. … I will have a tough opponent in Lee. I must prepare to reach a level of 100% for this fight, and then I’ll be ready by September 15th for my fight against Sergio Martinez. And I will shut his mouth once and for all,”
This isn’t the first time a boxer has requested Olympic-style drug testing. And I’m certainly shocked by Chavez’ comments. WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao tried a similar tactic when Floyd Mayweather requested random drug tests during negotiations, and it quickly backfired on the Filipino congressman.
Given the suspicious circumstances surrounding Chavez’ last fight against Marco Antonio Rubio (WBC officials failed to test him after the bout), one would think he would jump on an opportunity like this simply to clear his name.
In a sport where fighters are expected to compete fairly, refusing to undergo OSDT is simply inexcusable. It’s not as if the tests detract from a fighter’s performance in any way. As far as I’m concerned, a clean fighter would never have any problems with random drug tests. And Chavez didn’t win any new fans with his comments.