WBC starts drug testing ring officials

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The sanctioning body has a new initiative as part of its ‘Clean Boxing Program.’

The WBC has been looking like a clown show in the news cycle the past several weeks, so I guess it’s time to get some positive spin out there.

The sanctioning body has just recently started a new program — as part of its ‘Clean Boxing Program’ — where they are now randomly drug testing ring officials, specifically judges and referees, for recreational drug use. The WBC claims this is important for maintaining the integrity of the sport.

In particular these random drug test for officials are looking to detect marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines. The first two officials tested were judges Steve Morrow from California, and Frank Garza from Michigan. Both judges tested negative.

It should be interesting to see how this process unfolds over time considering that the WBC doesn’t have much authority over referees and judges, who are appointed by local commissions. But I suppose with a little buy-in this could go somewhere. I mean, it sounds good to the public, anyway.

I guess the only question left is, when are we going to start drug testing WBC officials? I’m sure Dillian Whyte would like to know…

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