Canelo, Chavez Jr. to have VADA testing

Canelo, Chavez Jr. to have VADA testing

February 13, 2017


Scheduled for Cinco De Mayo weekend at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will each participate in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association [VADA] testing program throughout training leading up to their clash later this year.

Alvarez's promoter and head of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, sent out a tweet a few days ago announcing the enlisted program. Alvarez did not participate in VADA testing in his previous bout with Liam Smith (who also did not participate), even after both fighters preliminary agreed. Testing will be unannounced and both Alvarez and Chavez Jr. will have to inform the organization of their daily whereabouts.

Professional athletes will volunteer to be subject to unannounced testing at any time during the eight weeks prior to a scheduled fight. As in the Olympic program, an agreement to participate will require fighters to officially inform us of their daily whereabouts, so that they can be tested per the program. Athletes will agree that all results are immediately released to the appropriate adjudicating commission overseeing their upcoming contest.
— VADA website

Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate -- BORN BOLD. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


Daniel Zaldivar is a Senior Writer for Frontproof Media and also contributes to page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxing

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