Heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina will be rumbling in England on Saturday. Basically all but the culminating finale determining if AJ can hold on to the IBF strap is complete. That, and the post fight sample to test for PED usage.
I checked in with the Texan Molina and asked what testing protocol is being implemented. No above and beyond testing, like by VADA, for the Joshua-Molina fight, Eric Molina told me. Just regular old testing for an IBF title fight.
Molina is voluntarily enrolled, though, in the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program. I reached out to VADA boss Dr Margaret Goodman to get some deets on his involvement.
“To my knowledge, Anthony Joshua is not enrolled,” she told me, an assertion verified by WBC boss Mauricio Sulaiman to me. “In the CBP, fighters are eligible for unannounced testing through the year. Neither is enrolled directly in VADA. The CBP is different from specific VADA enrollment leading up to a fight. For example, Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward enrolled in VADA four months leading up to their fight. Both Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Povetkin are enrolled in the CBP, but also they requested additional enrollment like Ward/Kovalev and Manny Pacquiao/Jessie Vargas, and so on, leading up to a fight.”
Bottom line: More sanctioning bodies need to follow the WBC lead on pushing year round testing. To not do so signals a callous indifference to the desire to see fairness in the square ring.