Boxing News At Five | Jul 03 2019

Boxing News at Five: The WBC start drug testing judges and referees, Conlan gets new opponent for August 3 fight

The WBC believe it's not only the boxers taking drugs, and Michael Conlan brushes himself down following Vladimir Nikitin's pull-out
Victor Ortiz
Referee Joe Cortez separates WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr. also of the U.S., in Las Vegas

ALTHOUGH we have unfortunately come to accept boxing is rife with performance-enhancing drug cheats, today is the day we contemplate the implications of referees and judges being caught getting up to no good during work hours.

That’s not to say we haven’t previously wondered if some of the iffy officiating in boxing has been affected by drugs (rather than good old incompetence). We have. Often. But it’s only now the World Boxing Council (WBC) have made their suspicions known in revealing their Clean Boxing Program will incorporate boxing officials as well as boxers.

Register now to keep reading

We're chuffed that you are enjoying our website. To continue reading and to help us to provide the best coverage and a great online experience please take a few moments to register. You'll be able to read more online content and get the latest news via the Daily Jabs newsletter.

For unlimited access to all our award-winning content including exclusive subscriber-only stories and a digital archive of editions back to January 2012 you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in