DID Jimrex Jaca’s Mexican opponent Jose Emelio Perea take performance-enhancing drugs?
ALA Boxing Promotions is looking into a videotape that reportedly showed a vial of epinephrine in the Mexican's corner on Saturday night when he faced the Filipino for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-welterweight title in the undercard of the Pinoy Pride XX at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Cebu Waterfront Hotel.
“We are still checking the video if there is evidence of misuse of the drug,” ALA Promotions vice president Dennis Canete said.
The videotape reportedly showed a vial of epinephrine, an adrenaline-boosting drug, in Perea’s corner.
Canete, however, said the vial of epinephrine could have been used by Perea’s corner and cutman to decrease blood flow by having a cotton swab soaked in it and applied to a cut with pressure.
“We will advice further. We will just wait if we have concrete evidence,” said Canete.
Jaca (38-6-3, 21 KOs) won the 12-round fight via unanimous decision on scores of 116-110, 115-112, 115-112.
Epinephrine is also known as adrenaline, a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands.
Medical studies show epinephrine is involved in the fight or flight response in humans. This occurs when a person is subjected to a threat and causes the body to react to the potential danger.
Epinephrine initiates several responses but its function is to provide energy so that the major muscles of the body can respond to the perceived threat.