Olympic style drug testing (OSDT) has already cost boxing fans two highly anticipated bouts this year (Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto), but there is no question that it’ll benefit the sport in the long run.
Like many around the sport, boxing trainer Freddie Roach is a little bummed about the affected fights, and he shared his thoughts during a recent interview with Boxingscene.com.
“It’s very disappointing of course,” Roach said. “But Lamont Peterson and [his trainer] Barry Hunter, they seem like really good guys. I really like those guys. Was there a mistake made? Was it done on purpose? I don’t want to accuse anyone or stuff like that but it’s bad for the sport that this is happening. And you have the Berto fight also. It’s just bad for the sport. … I think the fighters need to pay more attention to what they’re taking because there’s a lot of stuff out there that you can buy over the counter that have traces of steroids in them and will show up on a drug test. So we have to be a little more careful of how we handle supplements and so forth. Just find out exactly what’s in that box.”
While some fans hold the various boxing governing bodies in high esteem, I am not one of them. Consistency seems to a major problem, and there is no question that their drug testing procedures aren’t stringent enough.
However, there is some irony to Roaches’ comments though, considering the fact that his number one pupil, Manny Pacquiao, is yet to submit to OSDT. The issue of OSDT actually brought an end to the first round of negotiations between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, with the Filipino congressman making some rather outlandish excuses.
Unlike a vast majority of the major boxing events that will take place this year, Pacquiao won’t have to undergo OSDT for his upcoming fight against undefeated Timothy Bradley. Given how Mayweather has openly accused Pacquiao of PED usage over the years, I do find it a little strange that he’s yet to submit to OSDT.
Luis Sandoval, “Freddie Roach: Recent PED Issues Are Bad For The Sport”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.