WBC respond after calls to strip Charlo twins for missed drug tests
The World Boxing Council has released a statement following the controversy surrounding Jermall and Jermell Charlo.
As WBN reported last week, the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program revealed FIVE missed drug tests during October and November.
The solitary positive outcome, attributed to cruiserweight Kevin Lerena, is currently being contested.
It was then made clear that the Charlo Brothers, holders of the interim middleweight (Jermall) and super-welterweight (Jermell) belts, were responsible for more than one of those failures to comply.
Criticism of some labeled a lax system that allows up to THREE skipped tests per year, the WBC responded in kind.
It has since been pointed out that some form of punishment will accompany EVERY failure to be tested.
The Charlo Brothers have not risked losing their straps as things stand, though.
Outlining their intentions, the WBC said the following on the cases of the American twins.
“Every single fighter who is enrolled in the WBC Clean Boxing Program is responsible for his acts,” said the WBC.
“Trainers, managers, and promoters must be aware of this. And participate directly in the CBP compliance in support of the fighters they represent.
“I have seen with deep concern the so many criticisms against WBC champion Jermel Charlo and interim champion Jermall Charlo regarding their missed tests.
“It is important for the WBC to clarify that both Charlos have been tested in the past and that the infraction they are facing is a missed test. Which has been acknowledged, and they will be responsible for paying the corresponding fine.
“It is important, however, to clarify that they have not tested positive for any substance whatsoever.
“This is why all boxers must enroll in the CBP. They must update their residence and training location at all times to VADA, which is the agency administrating the CBP for the WBC.
“It is very simple. If you are chosen for testing and are not available for the collector to test you, you will be incurring a missed test penalty.
“It is of extreme importance that every fighter updates their whereabouts forms with VADA at all times.
What do boxers need to do?
IMMEDIATELY contact VADA at Margaret@VADA-testing.org with residence & training addresses. As well as a current cell phone number.
You may also submit an updated CBP form. Email to Margaret@VADA-testing.org (post the CBP whereabouts form)