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Monday 12, Jan 2009


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shane-mosley-de-la-hoya-steroidsIt might not be an exaggeration to say that athletes use  anabolic steroids like cooks use spices. Performance enhancing drugs are the secret ingredients that give athletes an edge over whoever they’re playing against. Unfortunately for them, these drugs are prohibited in any form of competition. Because of the benefits of using steroids, however, many individuals choose to keep their usage a secret while others opt to ‘hide’ these drugs in other forms, such as legal supplements. As Gene Ramirez had pointed out in his column, boxers are not exempted from this use.

Sadly this means that boxing is also vulnerable to the banned performance enhancing drugs

This is no excuse for Shane Mosely, however, who had admitted that he didn’t know he was taking steroids during his fight with Oscar De La Hoya back in 2003. Whether Mosely is telling the truth or is covering up, he should have remembered that many younger boxers look up to him and would probably think of doing the same as he did. It is important to educate younger fighters about the long term effects of steroids not only to their health but to their careers as well. While they need someone to tell them what to do, they also need someone to tell them what not to do. Perhaps this issue with Shane Mosely will serve as a lesson to the younger generation of boxers, and may that lesson not to be to follow his footsteps.

Wednesday 07, Jan 2009


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boxing-steroidsWhile Shane Mosley is waiting to battle it out with WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito on January 24, his legal team has been publicly battling it out with BALCO founder and owner Victor Conte.

Back in 2003, Mosley was one of the athletes involved with the BALCO Labs steroid scandal. Investigators reported that Mosley had received designer steroids (“the clear” and “the cream”) and was doping before his fight with Oscar De La Hoya the same year. Mosley was firm on his defense that he thought BALCO was selling him legal vitamins. Conte, on the other hand, claimed that the boxer knew he was taking steroids. Darryl Hudson, Mosley’s then-strength and conditioning coach, sided with Conte.

There have been many discrepancies with Mosley’s stories, and Conte is prepared to address each and every detail that had been turned around. After all, Conte is not a novice in legal suits. He had been involved in a similar case with Marion Jones, a multi-gold medalist track and field athlete. Conte had come clean and eventually, Jones admitted to have used anabolic steroids amidst initially filing a defamation suit against Conte. Apparently, Jones’ first statement also claimed that she thought Conte had been selling her vitamins.

Mosley will be facing the court this January 15th in San Francisco, just a few days before his match.