Former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal and ex-super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute have agreed to be randomly drug tested by an undisclosed organization leading up to their HBO-televised May 25 clash at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, their promoters, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox, announced on Tuesday.
“InterBox, Lucian Bute, Jean Pascal and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) hereby confirm that antidoping tests are in place leading up to their fight scheduled on May 25th at the Montreal Bell Centre. All parties have agreed on all procedures and both fighters have approved the antidoping program,” read a joint statement released on Tuesday.
“The program is inspired by the highest standards in the industry and calls for unannounced testing for each boxer before, during and after the May 25th fight. At the request of the third parties involved in this effort, all procedures and intervening companies shall remain confidential. Both promoters, together with their respective boxers and team members, will not comment further on any aspect related to the program or procedures in place.”
Outside of state athletic commissions in America and local jurisdictions in other countries, organizations known to have administered or monitored pre- and post-fight drug tests include The United States Anti-Doping Agency, The World Anti-Doping Agency, and The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency.
Reached by phone, however, Michel declined comment as to which organization will be charged with administering the test, as well as how many times each of the fighters would be tested before and after their bouts.
“We have made an agreement with the organization that we were going to keep it private, but it is a well-known international organization, but we have decided not to mention who they are. It is on their request, and on the protocol that we have signed, they prefer not to have to much publicity around that, so we respect that. But the most important thing is that it is a very, very good organization that used to do it, and both fighters have agreed on the protocol,” said Michel.
“So it is a protocol that is going to be administered not only from now until the fight, but also, after the fight also, because there is a rematch clause. So the fighters can be tested randomly after the fight, while on vacation, and prior to the rematch, if there is one that occurs. So it’s a protocol that they have agreed upon until after they fight a second time. I don’t know the details, but it’s going to be random testing, and we have left that up to the organization’s professionalism.”
On May 25, HBO will air a Memorial Day weekend double-header, starting with 6:30 p.m. live coverage of the super middleweight rematch between IBF super middleweight beltholder Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler, who decisioned Froch in April of 2004, from the O2 Arena in London.
Then, at 10 p.m., HBO will replay Froch-Kessler II before the all-Canadian clash between Pascal and Bute.