A report from the World Boxing Council regarding their latest findings from the Clean Boxing Program has been published.
In the latest catalog of tests, the WBC revealed that 28 samples were taken in October and November, with just one failure.
The current IBO title-holder, south African heavyweight Kevin Lerena, was the solitary participant flagged for a banned substance.
A statement from the WBC read: The Clean Boxing Program (CBP) continues its work towards the betterment of the sport and has had many tests since October 1st of the current year.
“Here are some stats and results of the CBP since that date:
28 tests attempted.
5 missed tests.
1 positive test – Kevin Lerena tested positive for clomiphene on October 18 in South Africa.
All “World Boxing Super Series” boxers tested negative on October 14, 20, and 27.
CBP fighters tested in November include Kiko Martinez, Willie Monroe, Tony Harrison, Paddy Barnes, Sergey Kuzmin, Okejsandr Gvozdyk, Saul Alvarez, Rocky Fielding, John Ryder, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder. Some of these results are yet to be back.
Lerena has since come out fighting regarding the WBC’s findings. The 26-year-old has vowed to fight to the bitter end to clear his name.
“I’ve worked too long & too hard to throw away my career by doping. I’ll be fighting this VADA charge harder than any of my fights,” said Lerena.
“I believe in fighting clean. I’d never put my career in jeopardy this way. I will clear my name, no matter what it takes. Thanks for your support.”
After outlining a medication was the culprit, he added: “I’m devastated by this news. If I’m guilty of anything, it’s carelessness. I’ll be fighting the charge, for sure.
“There are no anabolic agents whatsoever. I endorse what they are trying to do and would never knowingly take a banned substance.
“I am in post-op recovery, so it would be daft to be using anabolic agents or growth hormone. Why would I be seeking an advantage now when I’m only fighting around March again?”