Oscar Valdez’s constructive medication 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 towards Robson Conceicao on September 10 and declare to imagine 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 develop 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 Group’ – extensively thought-about one of many biggest stables in boxing right this moment.
Reynoso is regarded as the frontrunner for Coach of the Yr in 2021 having not solely guided Valdez to a surprising win, but additionally educated Ryan Garcia, Andy Ruiz Jr and boxing’s pound-for-pound king Canelo himself.
Again in 2018, Canelo acquired a six-month ban after testing constructive for clenbuterol and needed to postpone his rematch with Gennady Golovkin because of this.
He all the time insisted this check consequence was attributable to contaminated meat in Mexico.
In 2019, WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez, additionally a part of Reynoso’s gymnasium, examined constructive for clenbuterol as nicely.
Nonetheless, WADA (World Anti-Doping Affiliation) recognised the problem in Mexico and so raised the allowable threshold, which 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 injury was already finished when it comes to the repute of Reynoso’s gymnasium.
Now, two years later, the scenario with Valdez has reignited such speak.
Gervonta Davis, who lately vacated his belt in Valdez’s division to proceed combating at increased weights mentioned: “Lol. So we utilizing stimulants to boost our efficiency now. Guess.”
And WBC light-weight champion Devin Haney added: “Eddy Reynoso entire camp on that s***.”
This prompted a reply from Reynoso himself, but additionally from Haney’s light-weight rival Ryan Garcia, who’s a part of the gymnasium.
Garcia hit again: “Shut your mouth, accusing me of dishonest. I get it, you possibly can’t punch even with 8oz gloves, however don’t be accusing me of such a severe accusation.”
Haney responded: “I can’t punch, however you’re in no rush to struggle me.”
To which Garcia mentioned: “They have been telling me you possibly can’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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