Monroe Jr. says VADA was in contract for Saunders fight, but no testing occurred until Wednesday
September 15, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

Monroe Jr. says VADA was in contract for Saunders fight, but no testing occurred until Wednesday

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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LONDON — With all the attention focused on the battle between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin this Saturday on HBO pay-per-view, Willie Monroe, Jr. will go up against another middleweight world title holder in Billy Joe Saunders just a few hours before Alvarez and Golovkin enter the ring.

Monroe Jr. and Saunders announced their fight just two months after Alvarez-Golovkin became official. Coincidentally, both bouts will be taking place this Saturday, however, Saunders and Monroe Jr. are stepping up against each other across the pond, which will be convenient for fight fans in the United States, as both events will not overlap.

Monroe Jr., who is currently in the middle of fight week for his world title fight, told BT Sport that he was never drug tested for this bout (until this week), even though the notion of VADA testing (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) was included in the contract.

“I’ve agreed to everything in their favor. You know, I came over when they said come over. They mentioned testing — random testing,” Monroe Jr. said after discussing some emotional topics about growing up boxing. “I thought we were going to do random testing because they [Saunders and team] put VADA in the contract. I didn’t get tested one time at home. You know, I was looking to be enrolled and do the testing. That never happened. They showed up to my door this morning (September 13, 2017), asked for blood and urine, and they got it.”

Monroe Jr. adds that he possesses no ill feelings toward Saunders and is just looking to capitalize on the opportunity to win his first boxing world title. He also went on to say, during the in-depth interview, that he doesn’t want to hear any excuses following the bout, if he ends up as the victor.

“You know, I don’t want to hear he was weight-drained because for the last eight weeks he’s been saying he’s in the best shape that he’s ever been,” Monroe Jr. said. “I don’t want to hear that Willie Monroe was doing something he wasn’t supposed to do.”

Besides Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), who holds the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight world titles, Saunders is the only other fighter in the division who holds a major (WBO) title. Unlike Monroe Jr., Saunders hasn’t found himself across from the middleweight monster in Golovkin and has managed to secure other bouts while still keeping his title. Since his loss to Golovkin in 2015, Monroe Jr. has defeated John Thompson and Gabriel Rosado (respectively) by unanimous decision and has earned another shot at a world title this Saturday. Should he come out victorious, a future bout with the Canelo-GGG winner could be made in the future. Golovkin has made it publicly known that he wants to unify the division and the WBO world title is the only major championship that has eluded him in terms of unifying the 160 pound class.

If Saunders successfully defends his title, then it will be difficult to justify not fighting Saturday’s winner between Canelo and Golovkin sometime in the near future. However, if Monroe Jr. can come away with the win and secure the title, not only will he achieve the feeling of being a boxing world champion, but it’ll give him the second feeling this week of feeling like a world champion, as him and his wife just experienced the birth of their third child just a few short days ago.

(Feature photo: Action images via Reuters) 

Danny Z is a contributing writer/reporter for Supreme Boxing and can be followed @DannyZ_Boxing on Twitter



Danny Z

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