Thursday, April 18, 2013
Pascal, Bute to undergo drug testing
By Dan Rafael
A couple of boxing notes on the Canadian fight scene:
• Former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) and former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) announced they will undergo random drug testing leading up to their much-anticipated light heavyweight showdown on May 25 (HBO) at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
In a joint statement, the fighters, along with Bute promoter InterBox and Pascal promoter Yvon Michel, announced that “all parties have agreed on all procedures and both fighters have approved the anti-doping program. The program is inspired by the highest standards in the industry and calls for unannounced testing for each boxer before, during and after the fight. At the request of the third parties involved in this effort, all procedures and intervening companies shall remain confidential. Both promoters, together with their respective boxers and team members, will not comment further on any aspect related to the program or procedures in place."
In other words, they announced the fighters will be tested but they have declined to say whether the testing involves blood and urine, and they have refused to say which testing agency -- USADA or VADA or some other company -- is overseeing the testing. Why go to the effort of announcing testing and then refuse to disclose other important details? It just makes folks want to ask even more questions.
• Super middleweight contender James DeGale (14-1, 9 KOs), who won a 2008 Olympic gold medal for Great Britain, will kick off his 2013 campaign by making his North American debut on May 17 (WealthTV) at Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Canada. His opponent has not been determined. The fight will be DeGale's first since he routed Fulgencio Zuniga for a lopsided 12-round decision in December.