Thursday, January 11, 2007
WBA Middleweight Champion Mariano Carrera has tested positive for Clembuterol, a banned substance according to post-fight test results from his December 2nd victory over Javier Castillejo.
Carrera however states that he is completely innocent and did nothing wrong.
The WBA, which tested Carrera’s sample in Germany, still is awaiting confirmation of the positive result of another one of his samples. Under WBA rules, the second test has to be made in a neutral country, and by a different lab. That means they will be getting stone cold results as to whether Carrera took an illegal drug or not…
Carrera’s agent said that his client didn’t use any banned substances:
“Mariano assures he didn’t take anything and I believe him. We are following the case closely,” Mario Margossian, Carrera’s agent, told ESPNdeportes.com.
The B sample test will probably take place next week and won’t happen in Germany. “We won’t question the place. We’ll follow the appropriate steps,” Margossian said.
Margossian did mention that Carrera was taking flu medicine during his training for the fight and that may be one of the causes in testing positive.
I did a little research and I found that Clembuterol isn’t taken for symptoms of the flu but rather breathing problems that a person may have. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see how this one turns out…