Lem Satterfield

Brandon Rios: ‘I’m not a dirty fighter. I don’t take no drugs’

SAN ANTONIO — The timing could not have been much worse for trainer Robert Garcia and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Within a couple of hours of Friday’s weigh-in at Market Square for Saturday’s fight at The Almadome between their boxer, Marcos Maidana, and WBA welterweight titleholder Adrien Broner, the duo learned that Brandon Rios had failed his post-fight drug test following his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 23 after in Macau, China.

As a result, he has been suspended for five months from the day of the fight by the China Professional Boxing Organization.

In an interview with Yahoo!Sports, Rios denied knowingly ingesting anything that would be a contaminant.

“Like I told you man, I know I’m not dirty; I’m not a dirty fighter,” said Rios. “If they want to test me 24-7, day and night, day and night, they could test me all they want. I know I don’t take no steroids.”

After having passed four of the VADA-administered tests leading up to his match against Pacquiao, Rios tested positive afterward for the banned substance methylexanamine – a stimulant that is commonly known as dimenthylamylamine or DMAA and has been used in dietary supplements.

After the weigh-in, both Ariza and Garcia were besieged by reporters. But even as they patiently answered questions, Garcia was eager to put the issue aside in order to focus on preparing Maidana (34-1, 31 knockouts) for the challenge of toppling Broner (27-0, 22 KOs).

“Right now, that’s my man, Marcos ‘Chino’ Maidana. I don’t want to have that in my head,” said Garcia. “I’m not worried about this right now. We’re focused on Marcos Maidana, and that’s my concern. After the fight, then we’ll deal with it.”

Dr. Margret Goodman, the head of VADA, confirmed that Pacquiao passed all five of the tests administered by the organization and that Rios had passed only four of the five. The results of the tests were forwarded to the Chinese boxing commission, the Association of Boxing Commissions, and the two boxers and their representatives.

Rios appears to be perplexed by the situation.

“I don’t take no drugs. I don’t take no diet supplements or [expletive] like that. The way I fight, I’m all natural. I’m a strong [expletive]. I take a punch very well,” said Rios. “When I lose weight … this is the first time I’ve lost weight the right way. I followed a diet plan and I had an actual nutritionist.”

Rios was working for the first time with Ariza, the former fitness coach for Pacquiao. Since returning from Macau, Ariza has been in the Oxnard, Calif., training camp helping Maidana prepare for Broner.

Rios told Yahoo!Sports that he ran whatever he ingested by Ariza before doing so.

Like Ariza and Garcia, Rios questioned the timing of the news of his failed test becoming public and the way the post-fight urine sample was collected the final time. 

“This time, he had me [urinate] in a regular glass, and a lot of [expletives] touched [it],” Rios said. “A lot of people touched that [glass] and put [expletive] in it. They just washed it with dish wash, or whatever they do it with,” said Rios.

“That’s why I’m suspicious, because they had me [urinate] in a regular [glass], not one of the containers like they always had me do before. I had to wait 20 minutes [for someone to bring a sealed collection kit] and my [urine] wasn’t even warm no more. It was cold.”

Garcia and Ariza said that they planned to focus on Maidana defeating Broner before speaking with Rios about the situation.

“I have no idea what it is. We’re dealing with some words that I’ve never heard before,” said Garcia. “But anyway, we’re not going to talk about it until after the fight, and then, we’ll see exactly what happened.”



Photo / Chris Farina-Top Rank

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

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