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'Embarrassed' super-middleweight world champion apologises after testing positive for cocaine

David Benavidez has described his consumption of the recreational drug as a mistake, and may not face a suspension.

David Benavidez
David Benavidez
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WBC WORLD SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT champion David Benavidez [20-0, 17KOs] has apologised after it emerged that he tested positive for cocaine following an examination by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).

The 21-year-old Benavidez, a burgeoning and popular talent in the 168-pound division, underwent the random test as part of the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program.

He will likely receive a fine from the WBC, whose world title he holds, but is unlikely to face a suspension on account of his ingesting a recreational drug as opposed to a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Nonetheless, ‘El Bandera Roja’ issued a statement on Twitter apologising to the WBC and to his fans for what he described as ‘a mistake on his behalf’.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to the WBC for my actions,” Benavidez said.

I am embarrassed to have this happen. And to my all my fans that I lost the respect of, I know a lot of people won’t see me the same but I am young and it was a mistake on my behalf.

The Phoenix, Arizona puncher is currently awaiting a fight date and venue for a mandatory defence of his title against compatriot Anthony Dirrell [32-1-1, 24 KOs].

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