SHOCKING: Oscar Valdez Tests Positive for a Prohibited Stimulant

Published 09/01/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Oscar Valdez is victorious as he defeats Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)


Oscar Valdez is one of the biggest names in the super-featherweight roster today. With some notable wins to his name, Valdez has rolled out steady statements and is on the pathway of becoming a modern era legend. But recently, the WBC super-featherweight champ’s A-sample tested positive for phentermine, a central nervous stimulant prohibited by the Voluntary Anti Doping Association.

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This comes as a major roadblock for his September 10 fight against Robson Conceicao.

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This test was conducted as a part of WBC’s clean boxing program and to keep some transparency in the sport. Also, VADA gives clear instructions to the fighters on the list of banned substances-phentermine is on the list.

Victor Conte, the founder of the sports nutrition company, SNAC, spoke to ESPN about what exactly is phentermine.

He said, “I personally have given athletes phentermine, I know what it does. It is very powerful. It is like methamphetamine.”

“You know why it’s a performance-enhancing drug? Because it’s a central-nervous stimulant. It accelerates your heart rate. It gives you energy. It gives you endurance. It gives you stamina. It makes it easier to breathe. Your training time to exhaustion would be much longer.” he added.

This positive test may hamper Oscar Valdez‘s career, as he may have to spend some time away from active competition.

Will Oscar Valdez face a ban for consuming phentermine?

For now, the VADA is still investigating the matter and WBC hasn’t shared its notion on Oscar Valdez’s positive phentermine test yet.

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But in a day or two, there might be a vital decision coming up on Valdez’s future in boxing. Furthermore, his fight against Robson Conceicao on September 10 relies heavily on this decision.

That said, Valdez and his legal team would be keen to resolve this matter soon so that it doesn’t hamper the champ’s future by any means.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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