EliteXC Heavyweight Champion “Big Foot” Antonio Silva‘s (11-1) manager, Alexander Davis, had one final message for the California State Athletic Commission concerning Silva’s suspension and subsequent denial of appeal under that commission for testing positive for the banned anabolic agent Boldenone after his victory over Justin Eilers (19-7-1) at EliteXC in Stockton, east of San Francisco, 26 July.
Direct from Brazil, Davis’s statement is:
“Bottom line is that Antonio did not use Boldenone, and it can be proved. If there was a commitment to the truth and the will and humility to admit the possibility of an error. Here are some things that can be proved:
“Antonio was using Novedex. The GNC store where it was bought is on the corner of the street where American Top Team is located. Antonio payed with his debit card; so, we should be able to prove he purchased the product. It is known fact that Novedex can produce a false positive for Boldenone. I am sure that deeper analysis of Junior’s urine would be revealing. I am also sure that another urine test with proper witnessing and chain of custody would also be revealing. B oldenone leaves traces in the body for a long time.
“There are numerous ways of getting to the bottom of this and they should be pursued because its a guy’s life and career we are talking about here. Mr. [Bill] Douglas talks about everyone else honoring their suspension. Well, maybe everyone else was guilty; but, Antonio is not; and, we will stand by that and face anyone with it, no matter what.
“We are not trying to undermine the authority of the CSAC here. The repression of forbidden performance enhancing products must be enforced to the extreme; and, we understand and support that whole heartedly. It just can’t be to the point where innocent people get accused along with the guilty.
“We would humbly ask that that the CSAC reopen this and let us prove our case to their satisfaction. They could ask us to produce the above information and any other details and facts that would prove what we are saying to their satisfaction. This would be the right thing to do!
“What we can’t do is just sit back and let Antonio be accused and punished for something he did not do.”
Bill Douglas, Staff Analyst at the CSAC, responded to Fighters.com with the following statement:
“CSAC will not engage in a war of words over a matter that our Commission already decided upon. We will take further action only if necessary and after great deliberation is given to the matter; but, nothing is guaranteed.”
The “war of words” began at Fighters.com 20 November when Davis stated his intention to pursue fights in Japan while Silva is under suspension under the CSAC. The CSAC warned Davis that the Commission would consider that a violation of Silva’s suspension.