Benavidez Tests Positive For Cocaine

The current youngest champion in boxing has had his second scandal this year, as David Benavidez has tested positive for cocaine.

Benavidez, who currently holds the WBC super middleweight title, was given an out of competition drug test last month, and per Ring Magazine, the 21 year old tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the central compound found in cocaine.

“The WBC has begun the protocol and investigation on these out-of-competition adverse findings for recreational drugs,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told The Ring.

Benavidez was set to face Anthony Dirrell later this year, but camp and any promotion of a fight was suspended when a trace amount of the drug was found in his system.

The 21 year old champion could face a fine, suspension, and possible vacating of his title depending upon the WBC’s findings. Unlike other drugs, cocaine has a 24-48 hour half life, which would mean the fighter had to have used the drug at least two days before the VADA test.

Benaveidez was set to defend the title he took from Ronald Gavril on the undercard of Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter’s July showdown, but would be halted due to legal issues involving who actually was his promoter.

Benavidez signed an extension with his then promoter Sampson Boxing in November, but in May 2018, he would sign a deal with Top Rank. Sampson Boxing would later file suit against the Bob Arum founded company, but both sides would settle out of court with Benavidez returning a $250,000 signing bonus to Top Rank and remain with Sampson Boxing.

Initial Report: The Ring

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