With the issue of Erik Morales’ failed drug test still hanging over their heads, Danny Garcia and “El Terrible” both made weight on Friday (Oct.19), for their scheduled Oct. 20 fight.
Garcia’s WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles will be on the line when the two meet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Danny Garcia came in at 139.8 pounds, while Erik Morales weighed 139.2 pounds. The ensuing stare-down was intense to say the least, as both men got into a heated verbal exchange.
The WBC has already stated that they won’t consider the results of Morales’ positive pre-fight drug test, since they’ll be administering one of their own. However, that doesn’t mean that the fight will go on as scheduled, as Danny’s father/trainer, Angel Garcia, indicated that he won’t allow his son to fight on Saturday if Morales’ “B” sample comes back positive as well.
The results of Morales’ “B” sample are expected to be in by Friday night.
“The fight’s over [if Morales is positive again],” Garcia said during a conversation with BoxingScene.com. “Why do that? I love Danny too much. It doesn’t mean nothing to me. His life is too important to me. Why give him the advantage? Danny could [beat him] anywhere he wants to do it.”
Morales’ “A” sample tested positive for clenbuterol (a drug primarily used by athletes for cutting weight), but the Mexican claims he has done nothing wrong. According to Morales, an official of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) told him that his levels of the banned substance were so low; they believe he got it into his system by eating contaminated food.
“I just spoke with USADA, and I don’t have to tell you guys, but they said not to worry,” Morales explained. “You are not guilty and the commission has already accepted the fight, so the fight is on.”
At this point, I guess we’ll have to wait until the results of the “B” sample comes in, before it becomes clear if Morales and Garcia will fight on Oct. 20. Can’t really say I blame Angel for his stance though, considering the fact I would probably do the same in a similar situation.
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