Originally Posted by MagnaNasakki
A fair point. I think it comes from the rage against the stacked deck and the tendency to sympathize with the honorable.
There is a sizeable minority of boxers who refuses staunchly to use PEDs as a matter of honor. The lay-fan admires them, and despises other fighters for having advantages over their heroes not brought on by God or skill.
I don't like PEDS because it all but eliminates a key element of fighting, and that is smart training. Part of the fight is the preparation for it. Who worked harder and who worked smarter? As PEDs become more prevalent, this storied part of combat is fast becoming laughable.
Also, pre-fight injuries are on the rise, and I have no doubt that PEDs, and the maniacal training regime they allow, are a contributor to that.
It's where you draw the line with PEDs for me. Technically a cup of strong coffee could be a PED, I mean it's not banned but it's got caffeine that will give you a boost.
Then you have the plethora of performance enhancing supplements that aren't banned but improve performance a little, not as much as the banned but the intent is essentially the same.
Then you have, don't laugh, Viagra, not banned, but a better PED than quite a few banned PEDs
I don't like a stacked deck either, but I think pro-sports gone beyond that, at least in boxing 'skills beats all' to a degree. You can take a bodybuilder taking shedloads of PEDs and he'll get beat silly and outlasted by a fat out of shape boxer