WBC Announces Joseph Parker Misses PED Test – Earlier today the World Boxing Council announced a list of five fighters who had missed drug tests in the first half of 2017 and that list included WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand.
Parker apparently missed a random test when he extended his vacation after his May 6th fight with Razvan Cojanu. Parker signed up for the WBC’s drug testing program and he is required to report where he will be as part of the agreement, but he failed to do so. Under the rules of the policy each fighter is given three chances to miss a test and this is Parker’s first time missing one.
Along with Parker, the WBC press release named heavyweight Bermane Stiverne, J’Leon Love, Kyotara Fujimoto and Tevin Farmer as fighters who signed up for their “Clean Boxing Program” and missed a test from January until June of 2017. The press release went on to explain that “Each missed test and adverse finding has been or is in the process of results management protocol.”
Parker, who is 23-0, is currently in training camp for a September 23rd showdown with undefeated Hughie Fury scheduled for the Manchester Arena.
Parker’s appearance on the WBC’s list made the news rounds, especially in New Zealand, but the news is not important enough to jeopardize the Fury title defense, which is expected to be Parker’s biggest pay check to date.
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