The President of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman, has
stressed that the WBC has not yet received any notification from
the Nevada Boxing Commission nor any laboratory regarding of
positive doping test from the Mexican boxer, Julio Cesar Chavez
Don Jose says whoever released that note has committed a serious
violation of confidentiality. According to anti-doping regulations,
only the boxer, the Boxing Commission and the World Boxing Council,
can be notified about the positive results, in order to give the
boxer to have the chance to appoint a representative to be present
at the opening of the second test, which has to be made in a
special laboratory appointed by the WADA.
The World Boxing Council has always waited for the "B" test to
be sent to laboratories at UCLA, to continue the regulatory process
via which a final decision is reached.
Don Jose stressed: I also want to refute what my friend, the
promoter Bob Arum, said about that there's no promoter or boxers
who could pass the marijuana test, including himself, to which I'm
absolutely and totally opposed. Because it is an irresponsible
statement. I do not accept that all boxers and boxing people have
ever consumed drugs.
"In the 50 years of history of the WBC there have been 13 cases
in all its fights and only 2 have been in championship bouts…Boxing
is clean of drugs.
"Finally, there are two types of personalities in the boxing
commissions in the world. One that consists of commissioners who
only care about guilt and punishment. But there are others, many of
them in the WBC, that regardless of the punishment to be taken if
rules are broken, that have a benevolent spirit. They help the
boxer to try to rehabilitate and not just to be thrown it into an
"If the second test indicates that the first test was false
there is nothing to pursue. But if the second test confirms the
rumours, and Chavez accepts his guilt, the WBC will impose a
punishment for Chavez Jr, in which he can be subjected to
medical rehabilitation and then the WBC would open the door for him
to resume his brilliant career.
"We hope that the Nevada Boxing Commission informs the WBC about
developments, because while they only exclusively act on the
violation concerning the specific instance, the WBC has its
responsibility for the professional life of the boxers."