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Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Being Held Up by Drug Testing Request

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez celebrates after knocking out Paul Williams in the second round of their Middleweight Championship fight on November 20, 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 21, 2012

In yet another case of a potential blockbuster fight being held up by a drug testing issue, Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. reportedly have everything squared up in order to fight except the Olympic-style drug testing request at the the request of Martinez according to Boxing Scene.

Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), the Ring and WBC middleweight title holder, wants Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOs), the WBC middleweight title holder, to agree to Olympic-style drug testing. This could be linked to a November 2009 incident where Chavez Jr. tested positive for a diuretic—a banned substance that can help lose water weight and could be used to cover up steroid use in a drug test—in which Chavez Jr. was suspended for seven months.

Martinez told Boxing Scene:

Regarding the percentages, there is no problem. I've seen their terms and I have put in mine and I only have one-to put in Olympic style anti-doping tests. (If we agree on that), I'll accept whatever.

Then there is the incident this past February, where Chavez Jr. mysteriously didn't receive a post-fight drug test after his fight with Marco Antonio Rubio, as the WBC said they had forgot to administer a test.

In that bout, Chavez Jr. had a hard time making the weight requirement, but eventually came in at 159.5 pounds, but then jumped back up to 181 pounds just a day later for the fight.

These two incidents make for obvious concerns from the Martinez camp and I feel that if a fighter is clean, then they should have no problem agreeing to the Olympic-style drug testing.

This is isn't the first big fight that has had a Olympic-style drug testing controversy, as the fight the world wants to see, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, was once held up by Mayweather wanting Olympic-style drug testing while Pacquiao initially was opposed to the tests, but later agreed.

I feel this is the perfect chance for Chavez Jr. to take away any doubt that he again is not using any form of a banned substance, to clear any doubt that was cast upon him last month and give Martinez his best test in the ring since his knockout loss to Paul Williams back in December of 2009.

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