Lem Satterfield

USADA: Morales’ drug test contains ‘irregularities’

BROOKLYN — Saying that USADA has discovered “irregularities in an A sample from Erik Morales,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed that the Mexican four-division titlewinner may have tested positive for a banned substance in advance of Saturday night’s Showtime-televised, junior welterweight rematch with RING, WBA and WBC  champion Danny Garcia at Barclays Center.

“We were informed late on Tuesday night by USADA that they found some irregularities in an A sample from Erik Morales, and on Wednesday — yesterday morning — the respective camps and the commission were informed accordingly by USADA,” said Schaefer, referring to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

“Obviously, USADA has a process in place to deal with these kinds of situations, and USADA is the gold standard when it comes to Olympic style drug testing.”

The 36-year-old Morales (52-8, 36 knockouts) already has been licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission, and spoke at a Thursday press conference promoting his clash with Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs), who dropped Morales in the 11th-round of a unanimous decision victory which earned the WBC belt in March.

No decision is expected to be made on whether or not Morales will fight Garcia until Friday, when Schaefer, Showtime and the commission anticipate receiving the results of Morales’ B sample.

BoxingScene.com reported that Morales tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, a drug used for breathing disorders as well as to lose weight, and that Morales’ results would be unknown until after the fight.

Morales told BoxingScene.com that he took three drug tests administered by USADA, but that only one came up positive with a “small trace” of Clenbuterol, that, being as a result of a contaminated meat he consumed in Mexico.

“I think that we all have to allow USADA to play out their process and I think that what is important is that we are not going have any sort of rush to judgement,” said Schaefer.

“Because I don’t think that would be fair to anyone, particularly not to Erik Morales, who is a legendary fighter. I think that it’s important to realize that until that process is fully played out, that innocent until proven guilty is what stands.”

Garcia-Morales is one of four title bouts on the card, which also includes Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title defense against Pablo Cesar Cano, IBF welterweight titleholder Randall Bailey’s first defense against Devon Alexander, and Peter Quillin‘s challenge to WBO middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.

Others on the show’s undercard are middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, of Brooklyn, Brooklyn-born ex-beltholder Luis Collazo, of Queens, welterweight Dmitriy Salita, of Brooklyn, Bronx-born Honduran junior middleweight prospect Eddie Gomez and junior middleweight prospect Boyd Melson, of White Plains, N.Y.

 


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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