The Charlos should be suspended until drug testing situation is resolved

A report from the World Boxing Council regarding their latest findings from the Clean Boxing Program were published in recent days, revealing one positive test, while five others failed to show up for their tests.

Testing is performed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), and the program has been in effect since May 2016.

The Charlo twins, interim middleweight titleholder Jermall (27-0, 21 KO's), and super welterweight titlist Jermell (31-0, 15 KO's) were among those who missed their tests.

The latest samples for this report were taken from Oct. 1 to Nov. 20, so it is entirely possible that the Charlos were scheduled on different days at different times.

Regardless, the WBC should temporarily suspend both fighters until the situation is resolved.

If we are serious about a clean sport, there needs to be a zero tolerance policy. Period. Life is not easy. We all have to go to work, pay our bills, and be professional. If the average citizen failed to show up for their job, they could be reprimanded, or even fired.

It is very suspicious when a fighter flat out misses a random test, but when it is two elite fighters in the sport who happen to be brothers, something is not adding up. The Charlos also do not share the same trainer, nor the same training facility.

Jermell, the youngest of the Charlos, has been uncharacteristically silent on Twitter. Jermall, on the other hand, tweets sporadically, which is oddly a symbolic representation of how often he has fought as of late.

The twins are scheduled to co-headline the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 22. The younger Charlo is set to defend his 154-pound title belt against Tony Harrison, while the elder Charlo, who won a coin flip to decide which brother would host the main event, will defend his interim belt against Willie Monroe Jr.

Monroe and Harrison were among the CBP fighters randomly tested in the latest catalog of examinations.

Others fighters who were randomly tested include Kiko Martinez, Paddy Barnes, Sergey Kuzmin, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Canelo Alvarez, Rocky Fielding, John Ryder, Tyson Fury, and Deontay Wilder.

Kevin Lerena (21-1, 9 KO's), the current IBO cruiserweight world titleholder, tested positive for Clomiphene, a medication used to treat infertility in women who do not ovulate, on October 18 in South Africa.

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