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DANNY GARCIA AND LUCAS MATTHYSSE TO UNDERGO USADA TESTING FOR SEPTEMBER 14 CLASH

By Ben Thompson | July 18, 2013
DANNY GARCIA AND LUCAS MATTHYSSE TO UNDERGO USADA TESTING FOR SEPTEMBER 14 CLASH

According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, WBC & WBA jr. welterweight champion Danny Garcia and top jr. welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse will participate in random blood and urine testing conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA] ahead of their highly-anticipated September 14 showdown on "The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo". When asked during a conference call if both fighters would be tested by either USADA or VADA [Voluntariy Anti-Doping Association], Schaefer quickly replied, "Yes they will." Because Schaefer's response was so short and he neglected to divulge any details about the testing organization, FightHype.com reached out to him for futher clarification.

"Yes, it is USADA," Schaefer reiterated via email. Prior to the fight being announced, there were rumors that negotiations hit a snag when the subject of additional testing was brought up. Apparently, Garcia and his team wanted Matthysse to participate in USADA testing, however, because he trains in Argentina, there were some concerns as to whether or not that would be possible. It's unclear at this point exactly how the logistics have been worked, but according to Schaefer, both fighters have indeed agreed and will in fact be tested by USADA.

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