Quebec boxer Jean Pascal confirmed in a series of messages on Twitter on Saturday that he had tested positive for banned substances, indicating that he was shocked and that he had never taken steroids on purpose.
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It is his next opponent, Badou Jack, who dropped the bomb on social networks on Friday evening. The American journalist Kevin Iole had later identified the three substances involved: epitrenbolone, drostanolone and the metabolite drostanolone.
“I am in shock and embarrassed by the situation,” Pascal wrote. I would never have taken illegal substances on purpose. I have always defended the importance of practicing clean boxing and I will always defend it. I was one of the first boxers to stress the importance of random testing. I have been boxing at most for 13 years and have passed countless tests. “
“I want to tell all of my ‘fans’ that this is an isolated incident and I am willing to do whatever it takes to prove it. After seeing the results, my physical trainer was fired on the spot [vendredi] evening. If I have to pay to perform the most sophisticated VADA Random Tests for boxers over a 365 day period, I will. I know full well that this taints my name, no matter what I might say. “
Under this situation, the fight between Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs) and Jack was called off. The second is now looking for a new opponent for the June 6 gala.