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Donaire's year-round random drug testing begins
Nonito Donaire on his year-round random drug testing commitment: "I try to write down anything and everything that I might be in contact with. Even with the food that I'm eating and where I'm at, or where I've been."
On Wednesday, WBO/IBF junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire officially began his commitment to year-round, random drug testing that is being conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Soon after the procedure was completed, Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts) notified his fans of the results on his Twitter account.
"(Just) got randomly blood tested by VADA," wrote Donaire. "They went 2 the gym first (and) since I wasnt there, they came knocking at my hotel."
Believed to be unprecedented in professional sports anywhere, the move by Donaire was initially announced in June during the wake of consecutive positive drug tests for banned substances by then-IBF and WBA junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson and former two-time welterweight beltholder Andre Berto.
Peterson's positive test for testosterone in March led to the cancelation of his rematch in May with Amir Khan. Berto's positive result for the banned substance norandrosterone in May did the same for his scheduled rematch with Victor Ortiz.
In June, former light heavyweight titleholder Antonio Tarver, a Showtime boxing commentator, tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid drostanolone stemming from the result of a test administered by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) after Tarver's draw with Lateef Kayode on June 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Unlike Tarver, Peterson and Berto had pushed for contracts which required them to have their testing conducted by VADA.
Peterson has retained his status as IBF beltholder, and been declared the WBA's "champion in recess," while Berto has been licensed to fight by the CSAC after having tested negative for anabolic steroids and masking agents by the organization.
Tarver is serving a one-year suspension for his infraction pending an appeal hearing on Oct. 8 with the CSAC, and was fined $2,500 of the $1.1 million purse he earned for facing Kayode.
Donaire works with former BALCO founder Victor Conte, who also served in a similar capacity with Berto. Berto has since admitted that his positive test was the result of an association with someone other than Conte.
Donaire was among the first boxers to work with Conte, who once served a prison stint for his work with illegal performance-enhancing drugs, building a four-year career out of helping professional athletes circumvent Olympic-style drug testing policies until BALCO was raided in 2003.
But since exiting prison, Conte has busied himself with Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC), an organization that supplies legal sports nutrition products and supplements.
Donaire is heading into an HBO-televised clash with Japanese veteran Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Oct. 13, with former lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios making his junior welterweight debut against Mike Alvarado on the undercard.
Donaire said that participation in random drug testing is encouraged but not mandatory for his opponents, who can be sponsored through VADA and private donors in relation to the the agreement.
Still, Donaire told RingTV.com during this Q&A that he will likely encourage Nishioka to join him in being tested, this, when they meet at a promotional press conference that is scheduled for Monday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Fighters can obtain information concerning drugs from The Resource Exchange Center.
RingTV.com: Can you give a more expanded version of what transpired during the drug testing procedure, much as you did in your Tweet?
RingTV.com: Were you initially surprised to see the testing official, even though you knew that the process was to begin soon?
RingTV.com: Are you finding yourself increasingly more concerned, for example, with not being in proximity to someone, say, at a concert or in a public place who might be smoking weed [marijuana] or engaging in other behavior that might jeopardize or endanger you in regard to potentially testing positive?
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