Khan – Peterson II in doubt

8 05 2012

The highly anticipated rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson is in doubt after Peterson tested positive for a banned substance.Khan - Peterson II in doubt

Khan and Peterson were set to face off once again on May 19th after the WBA ordered a rematch following Peterson’s controversial split decision win back on December 10th.

However that rematch looks under real threat after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone following a urine sample that had been taken on March 19th.

Both Khan and Peterson had agreed to be randomly drug tested for bloody and urine by VADA (the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) for this clash.

Peterson’s publicist had this to say to on behalf of Peterson and trainer Barry Hunter: “We have tremendous respect for VADA and its mission. Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible.

“We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence, and we plan to submit medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”

Below are two video’s from Khan’s business manager, Asif Vali, on the situation:

Now one of the key things that Asif Vali mentions is that the Peterson team said it was something that was taken before the last fight. Now if that was the case, why wasn’t it picked up before (if there was any testing) and was it synthetic testosterone that was taken in the lead up to the previous fight? If so, surely that fight should be ruled a no-contest and why is it in his system still?

While I’m not saying they’re, the Peterson camp definitely has some explaining to do.

Another thing would be that if Peterson did request the random testing, would he, or a member of his team, knowingly risk this fight, and his career, by introducing a banned substance into his system?

It’s a very odd situation indeed.

For those who are unsure what synthetic testosterone is or what it does here’s a brief summary.

This anabolic steroid is a form of testosterone usually produced from soy or yams in factories, not the human body. It can be introduced into the body by injection, with patches, or other means.

And when it’s introduced to the body, according to Gary Wadler, MD, chairman of the Prohibited List and Methods Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), “it would be a deliberate attempt to increase muscle strength and mass, shorten recovery time from vigorous exercise, and keep muscle tissue from breaking down (catabolism) when pushed to the extreme.”

Now if this is the case then there is no doubt Lamont Peterson should be banned from the sport altogether but until everything is cleared up those in charge, there’s not much we can do other than to speculate.

It’s a massive shame that people will (rightfully or wrongly) question Peterson’s achievements in the first fight between the pair but there is no space for cheats in the sport of boxing.

More on this story as it continues…




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