Former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana will be tested “before and after the bout to include both illegal drugs and steroids” when they clash as welterweights on Feb. 25 at the Scottrade Center in Alexander’s hometown of St. Louis, Mo., the state’s commission director told RingTV.com on Monday.
Tim Lueckenhoff, executive director of Missouri Office of Athletics, said that the move is being made in response to accusations by Maidana’s advisor, Sebastian Contursi, that Alexander has been using performance enhancing drugs.
Contrusi denies that he directly accused Alexander of using performance-enhancing drugs, or specifically named the St. Louis native in voicing his concerns (through an email) to the Missouri commision.
Lueckenhoff says otherwise.
“Over the weekend, I got this e-mail where Sebastian is allegding that Alexander is using illegal drugs. So I e-mailed him this morning,” said Lueckenhoff, adding that he will “work out in the next day or two whether or not it will be blood or urine” testing.
“I said, ‘Okay, you’ve made this allegation,’ and I said, ‘if that’s the way that you feel, then we’re going to take my office out of the equation since Alexander’s from St. Louis and I want to make sure that there is no cheating.'”
Lueckenhoff said Missouri’s commission regularly performs anti-doping testing on all boxing contestants, and that the procedures are usually carried out by the state’s trained inspectors using proper techniques.
But in the wake of Contursi’s assertion, Lueckenhoff proposed that Golden Boy Promotions hire and pay for an independent organization. That organization is likely to be Lab Corp.
“I wanted to make sure that this is a totally neutral situation and to let everyone know that there is nothing being done inappropriately,” said Lueckenhoff.
“So there’s going to be drug testing before the weigh-in, and when the fight’s over, they’re going to walk straight to the locker room, and they’re not going to leave that area for a press conference or interviews or anything else until they give a sample.”
Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker, Eric Gomez, said plans are in motion to hire an independent firm to test Maidana and Alexander.
“It’s standard with Missouri where they do it with a big fight,” said Gomez. “This fight is not a title fight, but they agreed to do it. So there will be testing.”
Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, said that he welcomes the testing, although he is angered by the innuendo.
“Team Maidana is getting cold feet and starting to make false accusations and saying that there is some rumor out there that Devon might be using performance enhancing drugs,” said Cunningham.
“Now, the commission is asking for extra drug testing procedures. As far as we’re concerned, we’re ready to take whatever tests that they can come up with. He’s still getting his a__ whupped on Feb. 25.”