Concerned Manny Steward wants Chavez drug test clarification
By Jonny Stapleton
ANDY Lee’s trainer Emanuel Steward has called on the Texas State Athletic Commissioner to clarify if Julio Cesar Chavez Jr carried out an anti- dopping drug test after his WBC middleweight World title fight with the Irish fighter on Saturday night.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the Mexican, who won by seventh round stoppage, neglected to give a mandatory urine sample after a bout in which over powered Limerick’s Lee.
It is the second consecutive time the World champ has failed comply with anti doping procedures. The fact he put on 18 pounds between weigh in and fight and the manner in which he walked through Lee’s power shots had some questioning whether or not the fight took place on a level playing field.
Legendary trainer and Kronk founder, Steward is very concerned and wants the issue cleared up. He raised said concerns with the Texas State Commissioner Dick Cole and has a meeting with Senator John McCain, instigator of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act on July 10 and one of the items on the agenda is enhanced performance drugs being used in professional boxing.
‘Andy Lee is like a son to me, I always look after all my fighters’ health and wellbeing. I am very concerned about enhanced performance drugs being used by boxers,” Steward explained. “This is not tennis or golf; boxing is a physical combat sport where if drugs are used by one fighter then this is a disadvantage against the other fighter and causes serious damage to a fighter’s health. Are we going to wait for someone to be killed in the ring before this matter is taken seriously and dealt with?”
“I am taking this matter about the fight on Saturday evening very seriously and I am waiting on the Texas Commission to clarify the situation before considering any appropraite action. I am not putting Andy Lee or any of my fighters’ lives at risk in life and death fights and then everyone pretends this is the honourable noble art of the sport of boxing. Good people in boxing need to stand up and speak out for what is right and stop these fighters, promoters and commissions doing whatever they like because they have money, power and muscle.”