Former junior bantamweight world titleholder Carlos Cuadras has entered a rehabilitation center to seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
Cuadras, 29, of Mexico, who is enrolled in the WBC's Clean Boxing Program, declined to submit to a test following a majority decision loss to McWilliams Arroyo on Feb. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and was later suspended by the sanctioning body. On Wednesday, Cuadras announced that he was entering rehab to seek help.
"I am convinced that I will win this battle," Cuadras said. "I have a wife and a son to support and I represent my country. I need to find the strength, with the help of God, to find a cure to this horrible nightmare as I have lived in hell. But I am a champion and will be victorious.
"I never failed a test in boxing. I respected the sport, but my usage in my private life, between fights, certainly affected my career in the sport I love. I am very thankful to those who have supported me during the difficult times. I am embarrassed and apologize to the public and to the sport but beg you to give me one last opportunity."
Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KOs) claimed a 115-pound world title in 2014, when he won an eight-round technical decision over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. He made six successful title defenses before losing the belt by unanimous decision to then-pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez during a highly competitive fight in September 2016.
Cuadras bounced back for decision win over David Carmona on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard in March 2017. He then lost his next two fights in a row, a unanimous decision to former flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada in a junior bantamweight title elimination fight in September on the "Superfly 2" card, followed by the loss to Arroyo on the Sor Rungvisai-Estrada undercard.
"Carlos Cuadras is in rehab, and he's being looked after by the WBC, with both care and concern," WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said. "We are going to work together with Carlos until he's back in society and ready to get back into boxing. We are supporting Carlos and praying that he gets well. He's a great champion, a family man and he deserves the opportunity to be back in life."