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Tuesday 22, Nov 2011

  Alex Ariza not bothered by steroid accusations

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The strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, Alex Ariza, is not concerned about the accusations of steroid use against the Filipino boxing champion.

Ariza has worked with Pacquiao for his last 8 fights in which Pacquiao held victories over Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley.

Manny Pacquiao has blown out everybody he’s fought in his last 8 fights with me. That’s how many different divisions? That’s 135, 140, 147, and 154,” Ariza said in a RingTV.com interview.

Friday 30, Jan 2009


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sports-steroidsIn his column, Bleacher Report writer Jared Zeidman compared the use of anabolic steroids with a scene in the movie “Space Jam“— when Bugs Bunny gave his teammates the “special” MJ drink (which was actually just water) to boost their performance. According to Zeidman, there is a bias towards athletes who use steroids. Everyone thinks that they will perform better with the drug and that they will lose without it. He pointed out that you can’t immediately tell if there is a difference between using steroid use and not performance-wise. An example is Giambi who used to take steroids but still managed to perform well even without the drugs.

Shane Mosley is another proof that performance enhancing drugs aren’t really needed to enhance your performance. During the boxer’s fight with Antonio Margarito, an opponent expected to crush him, the 38-year old boxer used his wits, which eventually led to a knockout in the 9th round. Mosley was involved with Balco and was formerly taking steroids. But in his recent battle, he was clean and steroid free— and he won.

Wednesday 28, Jan 2009


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mosley-steroidsThe spotlight was on Shane Mosley last January 24 as he faced Antonio Margarito at the Staples Center. Margarito wasn’t able to do anything about Mosley’s aggressive attacks for the first six rounds. Although he was able to fight back on the seventh, this wasn’t enough to throw Mosley off. After a knockdown on the eighth round, Margarito was knocked out on the ninth after 43 seconds of trying to put up with his opponent.

What is truly amazing aside from the great determination that Mosley showed during the battle is that he kept his focus from round one. Mosley is facing several trials in his life right now. He just fired his father, Jack, from being his trainer. He is dealing with divorce from his wife, Jin, who had also been his manager. And he is facing an anabolic steroids scandal to which many legal actions against him are attached.

Last Saturday night, Mosley put on one of the greatest battles in his career. He may have regained the welterweight championship but it makes you wonder if this would be enough to help him regain the respect of those around him

Sunday 21, Dec 2008

  Shane Mosley could lose his victory over Oscar De La Hoya due to steroid use

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mosley_hoya_steroidsIn light of Oscar De La Hoya’s devastating loss to Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6, the Golden Boy may have some luster back in his career should he decide to sue Sugar Shane Mosley over the latter’s unanimous victory over him back in September 2003.

Mosley is now on the headlines due to his testimony before a grand jury that took place nearly three months after his win over De La Hoya. Mosley testified under oath that he used anabolic steroids and EPO in the lead-up to his fight against De La Hoya. His testimony was part of the BALCO file which was under protective order before a US federal judge recently released them in connection with the Barry Bonds doping case.

The Daily News did an interview with the Golden Boy’s managers prior to the De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight and it was apparent that they were considering action against Mosley’s tainted victory.

Excerpts from the Daily News report:

Oscar De La Hoya’s managers will sit down with him after his fight Saturday night in Las Vegas and discuss whether he should appeal Sugar Shane Mosley’s unanimous decision over him in 2003.

“I think once we find out what the facts are it’s going to be up to Oscar to decide what he wanted to do. I wasn’t going to bring this up with Oscar this week with him trying to concentrate on the fight,” Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Boxing, told the Daily News. Golden Boy promotes both De La Hoya and Mosley and Schaefer said he will also discuss the transcripts with Mosley and his lawyer.

One way to settle the issue, Schaefer said, is if Mosley is willing to fight De La Hoya in the event that Mosley wins his fight against Antonio Margarito in L.A. on Jan. 24.

“We could probably work something out like that, possibly for next September,” Schaefer said. “That may be the best way to settle it.”

On Wednesday, Schaefer asked the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission if there were any grounds to overturn the decision.

Keith Kizer, the commission’s executive director, told Schaefer that to his knowledge, there wasn’t a basis to do so because the commission has to go by what the law said in 2003 when the match took place. At that time, there were no laws forbidding the usage of EPO in Nevada and the commission wasn’t given the authority to issue a “no-decision” in such a case until 2005.

As the alleged aggrieved party, however, De La Hoya has the option to file a request to have the decision overturned, Kizer said.

Saturday 20, Dec 2008

  WBC may disqualify Shane Mosley for steroid and EPO use

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shane_mosley-steroidsAccording to the New York Daily News, boxer champ Shane Mosley is on the verge of being disqualified from the boxing world.

This developed as court transcripts revealed that prior to his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2003 Mosley had used anabolic steroids and EPO. Mosley won the title in said encounter. In a little under three months, Mosley confessed his doping activity before a grand jury.

The court transcripts were formerly held at protective order until they were recently released by US District Judge Susan Illston in connection with the Barry Bonds doping trial.

Because of Mosley’s apparent violation of the sport’s anti-doping policy, the World Boxing Council is taking steps to address the issue.

“It was a real surprise to read that Mosley has confessed that he did take those medicines, those drugs that are totally prohibited by the WBC,” said the Council’s president, Jose Sulaiman. “The WBC rules state that we must have a hearing. This is a matter of serious concern to us.”

“Thus far the WBC has seen only press reports, and must therefore investigate any available evidence and review it, in terms of the WBC rules and regulations’ anti-doping provisions,” said Robert Lenhardt, an attorney for the WBC.

WBC’s board of governors has the power to disqualify or fine a boxer even after the conclusion of a fight.

According to the WBC rules, no boxer “shall be under the influence of any drug during the contest that will in any manner affect their performance in the ring.”

Mosley’s next ring assignment is slated Jan. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He’s due to exchange blows with WBA welterweight title holder Antonio Margarito.

The Daily News had also reviewed the “doping calendars” seized at the BALCO raids in which Mosley’s doping activity was recorded. Below is its interpretation of the BALCO’s doping calendar and testimony.

The notations include the letters “L”, “C” and “E,” along with notations for when to take iron (2 iron), vitamin E (vit), folic acid (1 f) and B12 (1 B12). “L” stands for “liquid,” or “the clear,” which is the designer steroid THG. “C” stands for “the cream,” which is an epitestosterone/tesosterone substance. “E” stands for the blood booster EPO.

During the month of August, Mosley’s calendar says he took EPO eight times, injecting himself twice on each occasion on each side of his belly button.

At the bottom of the calendar the date of his fight with De La Hoya is noted – Sept. 13.

There are also notations at the top of the July calendar for the money Mosley paid Conte for his drugs. He paid the BALCO founder a total of $1850.

Here is the breakdown of Conte’s complicated math:

$1,650 = $900 (for EPO) + $600 (for “the clear and the cream”) + $150 (for blood tests)

$1,650 – $500 (paid in cash) = owes $1,150

$1,150 + $200 (Gateway Limo to airport) = $1,350 (paid by check)

In his grand jury transcript, Mosley admits to paying $500 in cash and $1350 by check.