Officially, Hernandez is on "Temporary Suspension" until the hearing is conducted and a final decision is rendered. The Phoenix Native earned a second round TKO victory over Rudy Puga Jr. on November 10 in Las Vegas and that victory could be changed to a no contest verdict if the Testosterone level was altered by the illegal use of Steroids.
In Nevada the allowed level of Testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio is 6-1. Nevada State Athletic commission Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed that the ratio registered by the test administered to Hernandez was somewhere between 10-1 and 20-1. Upon hearing the news, Rudy Puga Sr., the boxer’s father, said he hopes the Commission bans Hernandez for life. Fortunately for Mr. Hernandez, Mr. Puga will not be involved in the decision making process.
A date for the hearing is forthcoming and the 26 year old fighter has the right to appeal the ruling if he disagrees with its’ sentiment. Hernandez, father of two sons, couldn’t be reached for comment. Emily Pandelakis, Hernandez Publicist, issued a statement (Boxing Scene.com) saying there would be no comment on the allegation until her client faced the commission. She went on to say she was shocked upon hearing the news and described Andrew as a good man and one who contributes to his community as a volunteer for humanitarian causes. Several attempts to contact Jerry Cheatham, Hernandez Trainer, via phone, failed.
John Q Public knows very little about steroids and their use. According to medical literature, anabolic androgenic steroids are used to treat some forms of anemia, some breast cancers, osteoporosis, endometriosis, and hereditary angiodema, a rare swelling disorder. However, there is no sanctioned use of steroids for cosmetic purposes or athletic performance. Because of possible negative side effects(Kidney damage, Testicular Atrophy, Heart Disease) and the potential for abuse, Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are classified as controlled substances with severe penalties for trafficking, possession or use. Most athletic associations, including the IOC , test athletes for steroids and penalize those in whom steroids are detected. However, some state athletic commissions lack the budget and expertise to fully combat the continuing problem of drug abuse in boxing . And some,unfortunately, really don’t care or so it seems.
Boxing is well aware that it must police itself and a movement to do so has already begun in the amateur ranks. The USOC and AIBA has demanded that USA Boxing make drastic changes or risk becoming an endangered species. To address the issue , a reform committee is being formed and it will include mostly independent, non-boxing individuals. It has been proposed that USA Boxing be represented by an independent non-boxing advocate. The USOC and AIBA may also have a representative and a 20% athlete representation is mandated by the Ted Stevens Olympic and Sports Act. This immediate call for change has been prompted by a number of mitigating factors including poor performances from American Males in recent Olympics. Andre Ward is the last American to win a Gold Medal in Olympic Boxing competition and that was in 2004. Two American women earned medals (Gold & Bronze) at the 2012 London Olympics. It is time for change and hopefully USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski will make it a top priority.
Short Jabs: Topside Gym, 16th Street in Phoenix, plans to take a more active role in amateur boxing in 2013....Light Welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr. is taking December off and will resume training in January. Jose Sr. (father & Trainer) says the rest will make him stronger and better prepared for 2013. His younger brother David is expected to turn pro in the next few months. Young David(16) has scaled down to the middleweight class division.... Boxing entrepreneur Michelle Rosado (Raging Babe Media and Entertainment) has expanded her professional involvement in the sport to include conducting interviews over the Internet. Her September interview with Austin Trout received a firestorm of criticism from several over zealous viewers who deemed her questions to Trout as being too soft and irrelevant. In her defense, she isn’t a trained journalist and the 32 year old marketing and media specialist doesn’t pretend to be one.
Michelle promotes Michelle and in doing so draws attention to the sport of boxing and her own special business interests. Ms. Rosado was standing outside the Celebrity Theatre lot (after the Iron Boy 5 Show) drumming up business and passing out leaflets for "Mayhem In Mesa" a boxing show scheduled for Friday, January 18 at the Arizona Event Center. Tickets are available at Food City Stores and 8 fights are promised. Crank It Up Promotions is listed as the promoter. No word on who will appear on the card. For more information; click on www.ragingbabe.com or call 480-488-0777.
Super bantamweight boxer Emilio "Milo Time" Garcia attended the Iron Boy 5 show at the Celebrity 11/30 with his dad and apparently the young man has recovered from his ACL injury that forced him to nix his battle with Jensen Ramirez. No visible trace of a limp .... talented featherweight Paul "Ziggy" Romero (1-0-1) turned down a solid money offer to fight a debut boxer in Las Vegas. Fan Base, his promotion company, is furious. According to FanBase, Romero declined because he isn’t "physically ready" to do battle. Fan Base may drop him if he turns down another opportunity to pickup his second victory. He was scheduled to fight in Calgary, Alberta on 1/19/2013,but now all bets are off.
Eddie Brooks, in moth balls for awhile, will return to ring action when he takes on highly touted Canadian light welterweight Steve "The Dragon" Claggett on the 1/19/13 Card in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Claggett has been clamoring to meet American Jose Benavidez Jr. for almost a year. He will have to settle for Eddie Brooks who, if in shape, should give the slick Canadian all he can handle. Brooks was quite the prospect until he took a hiatus from boxing for whatever reason. The 23 year old Claggett will enter the contest with a 15-1-1 record with 10 knockouts while the 27 year old Brooks sports a 9-3 record with 1 knockout. In comparing common opponents, Clagget scored a 4th round TKO victory over previously unbeaten Ricky Duenas (12-1) in October of this year. Duenas decisioned Brooks two years ago in Phoenix, Arizona. Brooks is telling everyone that he will kick some booty when the two meet in Calgary, Alberta on 1/19/2013.Don’t you just love boxing....Silver Gloves Tournament set for 12/8-10 at the Iron Boy Gymn in Phoenix at 4238 South 37th Street. Check their website for more details. ....Phoenix Boys and Girls Center and American Legion Post 2 have teamed up to offer another Amateur Boxing Night in Tempe at 2125 South Industrial Park Drive. Doors open at 2:30 PM. Call 602- 996-9407 for more details.... Phoenix Boxer Jesus Gonzales is expected to attend the "Dreams Protected Tour" concert starring Comedian George Lopez; in Phoenix , Sunday, December 16.
An estimated 1,140 boxing fans traveled to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, November 30 to watchIron Boy Promotion’s 5th show at the popular venue. It was a good crowd considering the event had to compete with Felko Promotion’s "Bad Boy Boxing" presentation held at Fort McDowell Casino on the same night at the same time. To his credit, Roberto Vargas, CEO of Iron Boy Promotions,has crafted a show format that revolves around a core of young promising local fighters who have a strong base following from their amateur careers. First bell was scheduled for 5:30 pm but an unexplained delay pushed the beginning well past 6 PM and closer to 6:30 PM. The wait gave me time to upgrade my general admission ticket. I was now seating in the A9 section; two rows behind boxer Emilio Garcia and his dad. For the record, fights rarely start on time unless they are televised. Here is a breakdown of all of the fights starting with the three amateur fights followed by seven professional fights. Edgar Brito was scheduled to be on the card but he injured his left hand. Brito, amateur, hopes to be on the March Card at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.