No drug testing for Kovalev-Pascal
- Updated: February 24, 2015
On a conference call this morning with Jean Pascal and Sergey Kovalev, it was revealed that drug testing would not be administered for the upcoming light heavyweight championship fight.
During the call, it was revealed that the Pascal and Kovalev camps could not agree on a drug testing protocol and as such, no drug testing will take place.
Kovalev wanted to use VADA, while Pascal’s side wanted a WADA-compliant protocol, after agreeing to pay for it out of pocket.
Speaking directly to Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who promotes Kovalev, Pascal asked, “why would you want an agency-specific test, when I’m paying for it?”
Duva argued that as the champion, Kovalev has the right to choose the protocol and also praised VADA for being the one agency that has actually busted fighters in recent years for failed drug tests.
Pascal attempted to question VADA’s credibility by saying they focus on boxing while WADA-compliant testing tests athletes from various sports.
Ultimately, both sides were not seeing eye to eye, though they both proclaim to be clean.
On a side note, the winner will have to fight Nadjib Mohammedi next, as he is the mandatory WBO challenger.