POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 6:13pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 6:37pm
Austin Trout, the WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, received good news today from WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. After reviewing the medical tests sent in by Trout and his trainer, Louie Burke, Trout (23-0, 13 ko's) has been cleared of the failed drug test, and will retain his WBA Super Welterweight World Title.
Newschannel 9 received an exclusive e-mail from Mendoza, Jr., saying, “We received the answer from the legal and medical committee. WBA has ratified Trout as champion and invalidate the result of the drug test in Mexico.”
Earlier this month, Trout defeated David Lopez in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. After the fight, Burke told Newschannel 9 that the medical staff on hand was not sanctioned, and were there at the request of the promoter. Burke said they did not look or act like doctors, taking urine samples and did not seal them or ask Trout to sign paperwork. Burke said there is a usual "Chain of Custody" process with licensed medical professionals, who seal the samples and have paperwork to fill out. Immediately upon returning to the U.S., Trout took two more urine samples and sent them to the WBA, after hearing that his sample is Mexico failed. Those were clean, Burke said, but they had to wait for the WBA to issue a response. Today they did, and Trout could not be happier.
Trout and Burke hope for a bout this August in Australia against Anthony Mundine, a 42-4 boxer who is the #3 ranked contender in the WBA. Mendoza said he has heard of the bout, but no paperwork has been filed.
“I heard about the bout vs. Mundine but we have no official sanction request.”