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WBA Lift Manuel Charr's Suspension

The WBA has lifted Manuel Charr’s suspension for a failed drugs test and ordered him to defend his interim heavyweight title against mandatory contender Fres Oquendo within 60 days, the sanctioning body revealed on Monday.

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The WBA has lifted Manuel Charr’s suspension for a failed drugs test and ordered him to defend his interim heavyweight title against mandatory contender Fres Oquendo within 60 days, the sanctioning body revealed on Monday.

 

In November 2018 the World Boxing Association suspended Charr for six months but did not strip him of the belt because Charr’s camp reasoned that his samples were not handled properly by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

 

Charr was set to make the mandatory defense against Oquendo last September but he tested positive for the anabolic steroids epitrenbolone and drostanolone, in random VADA tests. The fight was canceled.

 

Following the negative, A test Charr had the right to have his B sample tested and to also have a representative present when the B sample was revealed.

 

"Although VADA and the WBA had reason to assume that Charr did not intend to have a representative attend the opening and testing of the B sample, Charr claims that his requests regarding the B sample testing were not acknowledged," the WBA wrote in its resolution, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN.com. "Regardless of the disputes over communications and notice, Charr did not have a representative attend the B sample testing. Charr provided a third sample to VADA on Sept. 29, 2018, and the sample tested negative, according to a VADA communication of Nov. 6 2018."

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