By Elisinio Castillo
On the heels of breaking away from the World Boxing Council and their Clean Boxing Program, former junior middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara has made a request to VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] to take part in 365 testing through the WBA’s Fair Boxing Program.
Luis DeCubas Jr., manager of Lara, indicates that his boxer supports year-round testing and stays away from “tainted meat.”
“Lara has asked VADA to sign him up for 365 testing through the WBA’s Fair Boxing Program,” DeCubas Jr. told BoxingScene.com.
Lara and DeCubas became confused with the WBC, who on Tuesday issued a press release to indicate that the Cuban veteran had left the Clean Boxing Program, which is the WBC’s drug testing protocol also run by VADA.
The WBC had ordered Lara to face Julian Williams in a final eliminator for a shot at current world champion Jermell Charlo.
But as BoxingScene.com reported, Lara is heading in another direction.
Lara has already agreed to fight undefeated WBA “regular” junior middleweight champion Brian Castano, who is widely regarded as a rising star in the weight class.
Because of their decision to pursue the fight with Castano, DeCubas states that his boxer had no desire to continue forward with the WBC or their ordered eliminator.