News | Nov 20 2018

The curious case of Erisandy Lara

Erislandy Lara resigning from the WBC Clean Boxing programme ... was all a misunderstanding, writes John Dennen
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FOR a brief moment Cuba’s former world champion Erislandy Lara was the first boxer to resign from the WBC’s Clean Boxing programme, an anti-doping regimen administered with VADA (the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association).

In a statement the WBC said that after taking himself out of their drug testing programme Lara, a former WBA super-welterweight world titlist who had boxed Canelo Alvarez in 2014, would be removed from their world ratings. Lara had been ranked at number two.

But Mauricio Sulaiman, the President of the WBC, told Boxing News that the situation has been resolved, and Lara is now back in the rankings.