Francisco Vargas tests positive for Clenbuterol
WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas has tested positive for Clenbuterol in advance of his fist title defense against Orlando Salido next month in Southern California.
Golden Boy Promotions, Vargas’ promoter, issued a statement following the positive testing, which was conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
“As part of a voluntary testing program that Francisco Vargas requested ahead of his June 4 fight, he tested positive for clenbuterol.
“Francisco believes he tested positive due to ingesting contaminated meat in Mexico where clenbuterol is commonly used by ranchers in livestock feed. The Associated Press reported this week that this practice may impact athletes throughout the country ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
Vargas lifted the featherweight title from Takashi Miura in November 2015 in a fight that was regarding as the Fight of The Year by most boxing outlets. Golden Boy Promotions stated that Vargas himself requested the testing prior to the HBO televised Salido bout to be fought at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.
“Francisco has, is and will always be a clean fighter. That is why he insisted on this voluntary testing program ahead of the first defense of his WBC championship.
“He previously tested clean as part of this same voluntary testing regiment and in all of his previous fights.
“He will immediately leave Mexico to finish his training camp in the US in order to avoid any possible repeat of this situation and is fully cooperating with the California State Athletic Commission to submit to all required testing ahead of his June 4 title defense.”
ESPN is reporting that fighter camps, the California State Athletic Commission and VADA will conduct a conference call tomorrow to discuss the situation. ESPN also reported that the June 4 fight is in limbo at this time.
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