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Old 05-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Lamont Peterson, the defending light welterweight champion boxer, used synthetic testosterone pellets before his Dec. 10 fight against Amir Khan, a bout Khan lost by split decision, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.

The explosive revelation was made by Peterson's attorney, Jeff Fried, to Kizer during a phone call Monday. News of Peterson's positive drug test was already swirling on the Internet by then. Kizer confirmed to the Daily News Tuesday that Peterson had two drug samples from the same collection which came back positive for synthetic testosterone - one result 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. Kizer said the testosterone pellets are placed under the armpit and then secreted into the body.

The Peterson/Khan rematch is scheduled for May 19 at the Mandalay in Las Vegas, but that bout is now in jeopardy because of Peterson's failed test.

Peterson and Khan both elected to participate in the independent Voluntary Anti-Doping Association's testing program, one that VADA's board members have extolled as on par with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. But unlike USADA, a fighter tested under the VADA program is not punished by VADA if he fails a drug test - that is left up to the athletic commission in the state where the fighter is competing. Kizer told The News he is awaiting a letter from Fried by the end of the day Tuesday with an explanation for the failed drug test and the reason Peterson used testosterone pellets before the December fight.

"Peterson does not have a license to fight in Nevada, and he won't get one until we're satisfied with his explanation," said Kizer. Kizer added that it is up to the two stationing bodies - IBF and WBA - to make a decision on whether they will strip Peterson of his two championship belts from the December bout. The athletic commission in Washington, where that fight was held, can decide whether to strip Peterson of the win.

The "A" and "B" samples from the first test both registered positive and were analyzed using the sophisticated carbon isotope ratio (CIR) testing method, according to Kizer. "From my understanding, it's not a matter of a threshold, it's that synthetic testosterone was detected in his system," said Kizer, who received a letter from VADA detailing the positives on Monday.

Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which is promoting the May 19 bout, said Tuesday that a replacement could not be found in time for the fight if Peterson is not available. Fried did not respond to several phone messages left by The News, but issued a statement Monday night confirming the positive test.

Fried said he and his client "have tremendous respect for VADA and its mission," and that Peterson would work in full "compliance with the rules of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NSAC)."

"Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence and we plan to submit the medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont's good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission," said Fried,, who later said that a doctor had prescribed a one-time treatment for Peterson for a medical condition.

The detection of synthetic testosterone apparently came as a result of VADA's use of the CIR test as a regular screening tool; WADA and USADA, in contrast, use the CIR test as a followup to a suspicious testosterone-to-epitestosterone test, which is known as a T/E ratio test. If the T/E level breaches a 4-1 ratio, a CIR is then ordered. Under VADA's protocol, the CIR test is administered regardless of the T/E ratio. The CIR test measures natural testosterone, produced by cholesterol, against exogenous or synthetic testosterone, a plant substance.

Victor Conte, the founder of the now-defunct BALCO steroid lab who is now an anti-doping advocate, has said for some time that he believes athletes "are microdosing with fast-acting testosterone and staying under the 4-1 T/E ratio. They simply don't trigger the CIR test.

"Where you're going to next see this is in the Summer Games in London. The International Olympic Committee should use CIR as a target screen, or you're going to have a lot of athletes microdosing and getting away with it."

Travis Tygart, the CEO of USADA, told The News that athletes who are contracted to be tested by USADA agree to the WADA code. If a fighter tested positive before a bout, and had contracted with USADA for drug testing, the bout would be canceled and the fighter would be subject to a two-year ban.

"It's an important to have an effective program, one that has sanctions for athletes when they try to cheat," said Tygart. "I hope that (Peterson) doesn't just get denied a license and then is able to go fight in another state, if it's confirmed that he tested positive. That would be a sad outcome for those who believe in a clean sport."

Each athletic commission has a different set of laws and regulations when it comes to testing and punishments handed down when athletes test positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

"We could either not license them or we could suspend and fine them," said Kizer. "Failing the drug test is not the violation. The violation is using the drug. If a fighter fails a drug test, and it shows that he used a banned substance prior to the fight, then he's going to have a big problem with getting a license to fight in Nevada, unless there's some legitimate purpose that comes in.

"A fighter always has the right to due process. Usually for the first offense with anabolic agents, you have to wait nine months to come back to be considered."

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Old 05-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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So does this mean that if it is all proven and the WBA and IBF strip Peterson, that will make the December fight a NC, and reinstate Khan as champion?
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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So does this mean that if it is all proven and the WBA and IBF strip Peterson, that will make the December fight a NC, and reinstate Khan as champion?
Who knows, they talking of Vasquez, I think Khan should just sit it out until the fall and face Paulie in Brooklyn for WBA 147lb belt, easy work, tko 7.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
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I wanna see a fight.

Who could step in..?
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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They talking Vasquez, or I'd like Theophane to get a shot.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:53 PM   #6
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That's nothing for a boxer, disgraceful really.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:53 PM   #7
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I wanna see a fight.

Who could step in..?
Chop Chop wants it.

There's Theophane, Madiana, Prescott. I'm sure they can find a replacement somewhere.

Or perhaps Khan could bring back Ariza & let him run wild with the "special" shakes. Even things up a bit
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They talking Vasquez, or I'd like Theophane to get a shot.
what are you talking about vasquez is a much better choice, main reason being he is a world class fighter & the fact that he is known in america, which theo isn't.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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So doping in a sport where basically men in leotards run in a straight line = lifetime ban.

But doping in a sport that where the advantage of cheating can cause bodily harm of an opponent, and even death...9 months.

Ridiculous, how can anyone take these so called boxing organisations seriously?
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Disgraceful, should be banned for life.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #11
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Agreed, but I'm thinking in terms of dates, Theophane is scheduled to fight onthe 19th of May at 140lbs.
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Theophane who struggled with a dwarf lightweight last time out
lol, true, but i'm just thinking in terms of who's available for that date.
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Theophane who struggled with a dwarf lightweight last time out
Asa late replacement, there's nothing wrong with Theophane.

He's a solid fighter who has wins over Corley and Rodriguez(Gift decision) but still pushed Delvin, also he had a really close fight with Danny Garcia, which some thought he won.

I think Theophane underestimated Murphy, that's why he performed so poorly.
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Peterson should be banned for 2 years like they do with Cyclists & Athletes for Testosterone use.

If they then caught doping a second time it's a lifetime ban.

The December fight should be ruled a no contest, it makes you wonder about his recent fights, testosterone aids stamina and he's always seemed to do better in the second half of fights than first especially against Ortiz & Khan.

I can't see how his team can come up with any sort of excuse to defend this, the only way to get testosterone in your system is by injection or a patch, it's not a case of blaming a conditioning coach for giving you a shake or telling you a tablet was something else, there's no defence for it
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