WBA "regular" light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal has vowed to repair his image, which took a big hit on Friday after it was revealed that he tested positive for three banned substances.
The random drug testing protocol was administered by VADA.
Pascal was quickly removed from next Sunday's rematch with former two division champion Badou Jack. Their fight was being carried by Showtime Pay-Per-View, as the co-featured attraction to the exhibition clash between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul.
According to the 38-year-old Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs), inactive since his split decision win over Jack in December 2019, he's already fired a member of his team and intends to enter a very strict testing program to prove he's a clean fighter.
"I am shocked and embarrassed. I would never voluntarily take illegal substances. I’ve always fought for a clean sport and will continue to do so. I’m one of the first modern boxers to insist on random testing and I’ve passed countless tests during my 13 years at the highest level of boxing," Pascal stated.
"I want to assure all my fans that this is an isolated incident and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to prove it. My strength and conditioning coach was fired last night. I realize that no matter what I say, this is a stain on my name and I’m determined to wash it out.
"If that means I have to come out of pocket for the most advanced 365 days random VADA testing available to boxers then that’s what I’ll do."