Oscar Valdez was supposed to be defending his WBC title against Robson Conceicao but the fight seems to be in jeopardy as he tested positive for Phentermine.
Former WBO super featherweight champion was scheduled to take on the Undefeated at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. The event was supposed to be the main event of a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card.
Valdez was randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency and the report was returned on Monday. The Mexican Boxer sample A came positive for the substance and now he has the right to get sample B tested.
Phentermine on VADA’s Banned list
Phentermine, the substance for which the test came positive is on VADA’s banned list. VADA, which collects samples and reports results, makes it clear that all the fighters enrolled in VADA programs can be tested at all times for all prohibited substances.
Moreover, all the fighters are provided with a list of banned substances so that no confusion prevails among the fighters regarding the legal and illegal substances.
Due to the above-mentioned situation, there’s no confirmation whether the bout between the 30-year-old and Canceicao will happen or not, there are rumors that Top Rank will love the fight between Gabriel Flores Jr. and Luis Alberto Lopez into the main event.
It is reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN that WBC will conduct a meeting to decide the next move. The meeting will involve Valdez’s attorney Pat English, Arizona Commission, and the Top Rank brass.
The team defends Valdez against the allegations
According to Valdez’s team, this test was not taken at the time of competition so it should not be an issue. As Valdez attorney Patrick English elaborated in a letter sent to the WBC on Tuesday that Phentermine is not banned on the World Anti-Doping Association list any time other than.
The letter stated: “The period commencing at 11:59 p.m. on the day before a competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such competition and sample collection process related to such competition.”
English also said: “Mr. Valdez had no knowledge that he was taking Phentermine and that we believe at this point it comes from an herbal tea.”
As team Valdez denied the possibility of him taking phentermine consciously it would be interesting how they will produce evidence of this substance getting into his body through the herbal tea.
The founder of BALCO, Victor Conte, commented: “I personally have given athletes phentermine. Phentermine is very powerful.”
“It gives you energy. It gives you endurance. The molecular structure of phentermine is not an herbal tea. This is designed to help you cut weight. It’s a prescription-only medication”, he added.
A similar incident happened when Canelo Alvarez ate beef containing clenbuterol in Mexico and later he was tested positive for it. The question is: Is it really a herbal tea or Valdez took some banned substance to help him get victory over Conceicao?
The answer to this question will decide Valdez’s fate and whether he will be able to fight on the 10th or not!