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.

According to a statement on their website, the drug tests are designed to detect the usage of recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines, and to restore the integrity of the sport the WBC will be working with all national and state federations of the world to develop this ‘vital project’.


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