By Gabriel F. Cordero
Official Statement: The WBC received several calls in relation to rumors followed by information published in several media outlets which led to rumors and speculations. Promoter Golden Boy stated that after a test by the USADA lab that some irregularities had appeared on the tests taken from Erik Morales. Nobody has addressed any report regarding any incident either to the WBC nor to the New York State Athletic Commission, and we cannot rely on independent publications as this is a WBC world title defense by champion Danny Garcia. Neither the NY Boxing Commission, by a conference with commissioner Ralph Petiello, nor the WBC, our representative Joe Dwyer, made any antidoping test whatsoever. The only authorities on this title fight between the WBC super light champion Danny Garcia and his challenger Erik Morales are the New York State Athletic Commission and the WBC, and the only antidoping rule valid officially for the WBC will be the tests taken either in the dressing room before the fight or after the fight.
Morales told the media, “Wednesday I did all the necessary tests to get a license in New York and I had no problems. I’ve had a very long career in boxing (28 years). I’m clean and I’m fine. It’s a baseless rumor.”