The Performance-Enhancing Drug (PED) testing topic in boxing devolves into downright lunacy at times. In one corner, you have those who believe there is no issue at all. They fall into two categories, really. Those that don’t believe PEDs are being in used in boxing, and those that simply do not care.
In the other corner, we have social media and online news experts who have parlayed their skills in basic reading, writing and arithmetic to that of a medical degree. These people say they know all the ins and outs of the PED test conundrum. After all, these people are experts.
But maybe there is another corner.
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As the clock ticks, we move closer to the war between Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley on Oct 12 at The Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas. Assuredly, there must be some small battles before the war. Whether the battles be psychological or actual disputes is up for debate. Per Badlefthook.com, According to Timothy Bradley if there is no VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency), then there is no fight. Juan Manuel Marquez’s response was to simply dismiss his opponent’s gripe as fear and counter masterfully with his suggestion of USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) as the official agency to perform the tests. Nacho Beristain supported his fighter by stating ambiguously that they will never find PED’s in Marquez.
Interestingly, enough it seems Bob Arum makes the last decision on what is what with his compromise of using NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) to run the entire drug testing protocol. As an added bonus to the Pay per view, they should release the contract live before the fight to see whose beef is legitimate. Regardless, I hope both fighters are clean and hope for an entertaining fight but before that let’s see if can learn anything from this small skirmish.
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Marquez believes Bradley may not really want the fight, which is why he’s taking such a hard line on his drug testing demands.
Juan Manuel Marquez says he’s happy to use USADA for extra drug testing, but believes Timothy Bradley is showing fear ahead of their October 12 HBO pay-per-view main event. Bradley has threatened to pull out of the fight if USADA or VADA aren’t in charge of testing. Promoter Bob Arum wants to pay the Nevada commission to collect the samples, which will then go to a WADA lab.
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Apparently, WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley and Mexican fight legend Juan Manuel Marquez are locked in a dispute over drug testing.
The two are set to meet in the ring October 12.
Earlier this week, Tim Bradley told BoxingScene Radio that Marquez vs Bradley is off if the Mexican refuses to undergo performance enhancement drug testing administered by VADA or USADA.
“My contract says VADA USADA is going to be involved. There’s nowhere that says a third party is going to be involved. I spoke to (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer earlier this week, with Marquez and everybody on the phone, and I let him know what my concerns were. ”
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Reigning WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley waged a memorable war with tough Siberian contender Ruslan Provodnikov this past March in Carson, CA. Bradley stood his ground and traded with the powerful puncher, getting hurt on several occasions throughout the fight. The Southern California based fighter showed tremendous heart in withstanding the assault and ended up coming out on top in one of the leading “Fight of the Year” candidates.
The soon to be 30-year-old fighter is now scheduled to face Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12th in Las Vegas, NV. On the most recent edition of BoxingScene Radio, Bradley told us that he thinks that we are in for another war when he steps in the ring with Marquez.
“You know what, I think that this fight is going to end up that way. I am willing to do whatever it takes to win this fight. If I need to go toe to toe that’s what I will do. I know Marquez likes to engage. He’s a dog in there and I am willing to weather the storm to get the win,” Bradley revealed.
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