By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) has ruled in favor of Marco Antonio Rubio’s protest in connection with his February 4, 2012, WBC world middleweight championship fight against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Rubio’s protest was based on the State of Texas’ failure to order and administer the anti-doping test. The CAS decision requires that the WBC reinstate Rubio to his position as mandatory challenger in the middleweight division as Rubio was the mandatory challenger of the division when he entered the ring against fight Chavez Jr.
The WBC has been a long time supporter of Rubio’s career and considers it fair that Rubio receive another opportunity to fight for the WBC green and gold belt while all anti-doping protocols are dutifully followed. The current WBC middleweight champion is Sergio Martinez.