May 29th, 2012 By Jon Campbell
NEW SCRIBE TALKS STEROIDS IN BOXING
Manchester, UK- Two large let downs occurred in both the sport and business of boxing when two potentially great rematches from last year were cancelled. The story started when IBF-WBA jr. welterweight (140 lbs) champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) copped to having taken Performance Enhancing Drugs leading up to the second fight against ex-champion Amir Khan (26-1, 16 KOS) set for last week.
SOME QUESTION THE FIRST FIGHT
Lamont then went on to say that he used a Steroid (Testosterone) prior to their first fight in December 2011. Peterson was a controversial decision winner over the British amateur prodigy man known at home as “King Khan.” The controversy was that referee Joseph Cooper yanked two points away from Khan for “pushing,” once in the 7tth & again the final (12th) round.
OFFICIAL TALLY TAINTED BY REFEREE?
This was pivotal as judges George Hall and Valerie Dorsett both had it 113-112 Peterson, while Nelson Valdez went the other way big for Khan with a 115-110 tally. Without the point deductions, Khan would have won a unanimous nod.
REMATCH WAS ABOUT TWO GUYS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE
The rematch would have said a lot of both fighters and their ability to deal with controversy, adversity and uncertainty of a close fight. The results split boxing fans down the middle. For every two-people you talked to, it was split 50-50 as to whom really won the initial Peterson-Khan encounter?
NO DIFFERENCES HERE BETWEEN “A & B”
Soon thereafter the equally highly anticipated second dance between Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) and Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) was cancelled following last year’s loser Berto failed both his ‘A’ and ‘B’ tests. That’s because they take two urine tests, of which you or your corner can initial the two taped seals on the bottles.
WILL FAN’S GET SCREWED MORE OFTEN?
The obvious short-term affect these cheaters have perpetrated on the fan base is that many boxing followers have missed out. More than that I am truly concerned that more high-profile fights could be in peril now that people are taking “sometimes” random tests.
STEROID STORIES MAKE MASS MEDIA
Firstly, the media outside of boxing will take notice of such incidents and this could prevent an increase in boxing’s already nearly comatose fan base under 40, which has dwindled significantly in recent decades.
ARTICLES FURTHER TARNISH SPORT
Moreover, it could contribute to the decrease of support for boxing which has consequences down the line that are most certainly stories on “Steroids In Boxing” will not be beneficial. Beyond this it is simply unfair for all boxers who work on sweat and grit to be generalized simply because a few fighters have cheated.
MOST DON’T REALIZE DANGER OF STEROIDS IN BOXING
Should this continue to be the case and more people are taking performance-enhancing drugs, what the average person fails to realize is this makes the sport far more dangerous than what it should be. Think about it, guys hitting and working harder, recovering faster, this is a prescription for serious injuries or death. This is not American baseball.
SOME STATES DON’T TEST PERIOD!
Seeing a number of Athletic Commissions (Texas for one) doesn’t test for drugs of any kind, including steroids. The sanctioning bodies must clamp down on such conduct, as it is not only unfair, it is immoral and gives the wrong impression of this great sport.
CLOSING SALVO BY “BIG JOHN”
Any boxer who cheats during the preparation for a fight either with the intention or foresight that it could indirectly increase the risk or make it unnecessarily dangerous for the opponent should be banned for life. Cheaters are a disgrace in any sport and there should be a zero-tolerance to anyone caught cheating.