Francisco Vargas fails drug test

29/04/2016 08:13

WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) has tested positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol.

Vargas is scheduled to defend his title against Mexican countryman Orlando Salido on June 4.

The fight remains on, according to a statement from promoters Golden Boy, which claims Vargas unwittingly ingested the banned substance during a training camp in Mexico.

"Francisco believes he tested positive due to ingesting contaminated meat in Mexico, where clenbuterol is commonly used by ranchers in livestock feed. Francisco has, is and will always be a clean fighter. That is why he insisted on this voluntary testing program ahead of the first defence of his WBC championship. He previously tested clean as part of this same voluntary testing regiment and in all of his previous fights."

Vargas stopped Takashi Miura in November to win the WBC belt.