Khan rematch in doubt: Peterson tests positive for banned substance

By Lewis Croft: The highly anticipated rematch between WBA and IBF Light-Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and Britain’s Amir Khan, may now be in serious doubt following a routine Olympic-style drug test showing that Peterson had tested positive for a banned substance. The reports suggest that Peterson had tested positive for synthetic testosterone that can be used to increase muscle strength and aid shorter recovery time. However at this time there is no evidence to suggest allegations that Peterson is guilty of any wrongdoing..

Peterson's attorney, Jeff Fried, issued the following statement late on Monday: 'We have tremendous respect for VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] and its mission. Lamont, Barry Hunter and the entire team emphatically support random drug-testing in the most comprehensive manner possible.

'We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists. Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence and we plan to submit medical findings by close of Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont's good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”

Asif Vali, Khan's business manager on Sky Sports News stated that "Obviously last night it was a shock when I received the call to say Lamont had failed a drug test.

'However, the Peterson team seem to think that something's gone wrong during the very first VADA drug test which Lamont took in March. Their explanation is that it's something he took earlier on in the year - before the last fight.'

Asked whether the fight itself will take place Vali added 'The fight's on. Obviously the Nevada commission will come back to us with their findings. They'll look at things quite in depth before they make a final decision. That decision's due to come to us by the end of play on Tuesday.'

Despite producing the performance of his life, Peterson’s victory was somewhat bittersweet. Many sectors of the media focused more upon the conducts of referee Joseph Cooper and the mystery surrounding the ‘Man in the hat’ Mustafa Ameen presence at ringside. Yet again this could add further fuel to the fire and no doubt people may question whether this banned substance was used in their first meeting.

Article posted on 08.05.2012

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