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Tuesday 26, Mar 2013

  Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

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Two-Year Doping Ban For Erik Morales

Mexican professional boxer Érik Isaac Morales Elvira has received a doping ban of two years after he twice tested positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol last October, prior to his junior welterweight bout with Danny Garcia, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 36-year-old Erik Morales was knocked out by Danny Garcia at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 20 and it was argued by the critics that the fight should have been cancelled, while the debate about the doping policies of boxing raged anew. Boxers are not subject to a uniform drug-testing policy as the sport has no national governing body.

Before the fight, both the boxers agreed to be tested by USADA and signed a contract that stipulates any adjudication process must go through the agency. The legal process was still ongoing despite the New York State Athletic Commission was notified 24 hours in advance of the Garcia-Morales bout regarding the positive drug test results of Morales. The fight was allowed by NYSAC even though Morales, the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, tested positive for Clenbuterol on October 3 and 10.

A portion of USADA’s statement reads professional boxing does not have a universally-implemented, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accredited anti-doping program, and as a result of the lack of effective testing, many professional boxers and event organizers have contracted with USADA to conduct comprehensive anti-doping programs prior to and during their fights. It also stated that USADA conducts testing programs for professional boxing matches only when both athletes contractually agree to participate in the anti-doping program, which stipulates agreeing to abide by the applicable anti-doping rules, including the rules regarding the adjudication process and sanctioning.

The boxer had said he might retire after the October 20 bout rather than face the potential sanction and had until February 18 to respond to USADA as to whether he would contest the decision, and was granted an extension. A ban of two years was imposed on Morales after he selected not to elect an “independent arbitration process,” according to an announcement by USADA.

The former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2), and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao and ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time. Erik Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. At the age of 16, he made his professional debut by knocking out Jose Orejel in two rounds. The record of Morales consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2KO) and he has won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. The Mexican-born boxer also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, and Manny Pacquiao.

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Thursday 16, Aug 2012

  Lamont Peterson Cleared Of Doping

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Lamont Peterson Cleared Of Doping – Cliff Notes

 

Lamont Peterson 1The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has allowed Lamont Peterson to keep the IBF title. The junior welterweight boxer failed a drug test after testing positive to anabolic steroids before his canceled bout with former titlist Amir Khan.

The IBF belt was awarded to Peterson even with the failed test as the levels of testosterone were found to be consistent with levels used for therapy purposes. Last year, Peterson admitted to making use of testosterone pellets before his first bout with Khan in December of 2011. The revelation was made by Jeff Fried, the attorney of Peterson, to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer during a phone call. Kizer confirmed that two drug samples from Peterson from the same collection came back positive for synthetic testosterone.

The first one was in mid-April from the “A” sample taken after a press conference touting drug testing on March 19 in Los Angeles and the testing of the “B” sample again on May 3. According to Kizer, the “A” and “B” samples from the first test both registered positive and were analyzed by making the use of the sophisticated carbon isotope ratio (CIR) testing method. The junior welterweight boxer admitted to having a testosterone pellet surgically implanted into his hip on November 12 by Las Vegas-based Dr. John Thompson after being diagnosed with an abnormally testosterone level.

This would mean Peterson can resume his career and his stop to return will be against mandatory challenger Zab Judah, who was awarded the status by defeating Vernon Paris by TKO in an elimination bout this past March in New York. Winner of the Judah-Peterson match would set himself up for a possible bout with newly crowned WBA super, Ring and WBC junior welterweight title holder Danny Garcia.

Findings of the IBF were based on the findings reported by an independent physician with certifications in internal medicine and endocrinology. The physician determined that the levels of testosterone as noted in the VADA report are consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone and not for the purpose of performance enhancement.

After the news of Peterson’s failed test, Amir Khan urged the authorities to ban Peterson for life and eradicate drugs cheats from boxing. Khan added that he has been “tested for drugs over one hundred times” in his Olympic and professional career.

Born on January 24, 1984, Lamont Peterson is an American professional boxer competing in the light welterweight division and is the current IBF Light Welterweight Champion. In 2003, Peterson became 141 lbs US champion and was the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion in 2011.

In the meanwhile, Peterson has quickly applied for a license in Nevada hoping that the Nevada State Athletic Commission may grant him a license despite his admission to using the banned substance. He claimed to have used synthetic testosterone (testosterone replacement therapy) for medical reasons but failed to disclose it ahead of time or even seek a medical exemption and Khan is furious and frustrated to see the IBF title going back to Peterson.

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Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Amir Khan Wants Drugs Cheat Banned For Life

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Former two-time world champion, and former unified WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight champion, Amir Iqbal Khan, recently said he want a lifetime ban for his steroid-using opponent Lamont Peterson.

Born on 8 December 1986, Amir Khan is a British professional boxer and the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of 17. Nicknamed “King Khan”, he is also one of the youngest British world champions ever, winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22.

Khan said he does not mind Peterson getting an exile from boxing permanently even if that costs him the millions he would have made if the pair were to fight again.

Peterson, however, refused to give up belts after he failed to clear a drug test and said he never cheated in fight with Amir Khan. The American boxer said he deserved to keep his world titles as he was unaware that his treatment for abnormally low levels of testosterone was contrary to anti-doping rules. At the time of his fight with Amir Khan, Peterson had testosterone pellets inserted into his hip before he claimed a controversial split-decision win in December.

Khan says: ‘Anyone who has been done for drugs should be banned for life. Peterson failed a test and that should be his punishment.’ He branded Peterson “a cheat” and called for the American to be stripped of both titles and the December bout declared a ‘no-contest’.

After his bout was canceled because of Peterson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, Khan started preparing for a world light-welterweight title fight with the rising Philadelphian star, Danny García, as the World Boxing Association light-welterweight champion on July 14. Khan was hoping to defend his title against Garcia and surely deserved the distinction of entering the ring as a world champion. But destiny had other plans for him as he was crushed by Garcia and the Bolton fighter was left dispirited and confused.

 Khan was already making plans to face WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather after registering a win over Garcia; Khan was also planning to have a future bout with Timothy Bradley, who has previously rejected a fight with Khan in order for a big pay day against Manny Pacquiao.