Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. improved his professional boxing record to 46-0-1 against Andy Lee on June 16, but it wasn’t without controversy.
First, Chavez Jr. refused to have his gloves weighed during weigh ins, and it did seem like the entire fight was rigged in his favor. From the ludicrously small boxing ring, to the outdoor venue in Texas, many hardcore fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth.
To make things worse, it isn’t really clear if Chavez Jr. took a drug test before/after the bout.
Lee’s trainer Emanuel Steward has his suspicions, and he has a few questions for the Texas State Athletic Commission.
“I am taking this [drug testing] matter about the fight on Saturday evening very seriously and I am waiting on the Texas Commission to clarify the situation before considering any appropriate action,” Steward said in a press release. “I am not putting Andy Lee or any of my fighters’ lives at risk in life and death fights, and then everyone pretends this is the honorable noble art of the sport of boxing. Good people in boxing need to stand up and speak out for what is right and stop these fighters, promoters and commissions doing whatever they like because they have money, power and muscle.”
Steward does have every right to be concerned, considering the fact this seems to be a recurring theme with Chavez Jr. The “heir apparent” actually impressed me a bit with his performance against Lee, but it’s hard to ignore the multiple advantages he was given.
According to Chavez’ promoter, Bob Arum, the Mexican did take a drug test prior to his bout against Lee, so we’ll have to wait and see if the Texas State Athletic Commission has anything different to say.
“This just ludicrous, there was a piss test.”Arum said during a phone conversation with Michael Marley. “I know this for a fact, I know Julio did the urine test at the arena right before the fight.”
Boxingscene.com, “Steward, Team Lee Push For Info on Chavez Drug Test”
Michael Marley, “Arum Downs Steward’s Concern Over Chavez Jr. Doping”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.