By Dan Davies
VADA has announced that the WBA regular heavyweight champion has failed a drug test for 2 anabolic steroids which has resulted in his first defence vs Fres Oquendo being cancelled.
“This letter is to advise you that Mr. Manual Charr’s ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 4256987 collected on August 31, 2018 in Cologne, Germany through his participation in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program has been analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, stimulants, IRMS, EPO, and drugs of abuse,” VADA said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN. “The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen number 4256987: epitrenbolone and drostanolone metabolites detected.”
Charr is planning to request a sample B to be tested. This sample B will be from the same sample from sample A but it tested separately to ensure that the result of the sample is 100% accurate.
Charr said “I am not happy that my camp decided to call off the fight without first letting me know. I don’t know how the steroids got into my body and will to get to the bottom of the matter.”
“The message came that I tested positive. My manager, Christian Hunter, and my promoter, Bernd Trendelburg, have cancelled the fight without informing me before or contacting me,” Charr said in a statement sent to Sporting News. “I am very disappointed in this approach. I can’t explain the result, but I will do anything to solve it. I am now waiting for the result of the ‘B’ sample and I have once again undergone an independent and voluntary doping test. The results are expected to be published on Saturday.
“I have always been clean in all the fighting, and I can therefore definitely not explain how this result. I’m in shock myself, dear fans, especially as I’m in the final (stages) of the fight preparation. The defence of the championship has been my life for months. I am preparing for this fight with great discipline. During my (training) I take various supplements. It will be examined whether the food supplements may have influenced the doping sample.”
Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) won the vacant belt by defeating Alexander Ustinov by unanimous decision in November 2017. It’s unknown if he will be stripped of the title at this time.
“The WBA should do the right thing and crown me champion,” Oquendo told ESPN. “I shouldn’t be punished for something I’m doing right, which is not cheating.”