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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why have Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Jr, and Mosley kept the initial drug tests a secret?

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

After all the hype and quarreling over Olympic style drug testing, why have Golden Boy Promotions, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Shane Mosley, and the USADA kept the details of the first round of drug tests and results a secret? With less than 4 weeks until the fight, why are there no details on the most publicized drug testing in the history of Boxing? Let’s examine further.

Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, reported that Mayweather and Mosley have already been tested by the USADA. However, there are no reported details of when the test was taken or what the results are.

This makes no sense to me. This fight has become the “Drug Match” of Boxing. All the parties involved participated in multiple press conferences discussing and hyping the details and significance of being the first boxers to participate in Olympic Style Drug Testing. Yet, there has been secrecy as to when the first test was taken and what the results are.

We were told that the details would be made public. Perhaps the USADA and GBP should have clarified how long it would take before the results were made public because as of right now, it remains unknown as to when or if we will get the drug test details.

If you remember, both fighters are to make there whereabouts known to the USADA at all times and drug samples would be kept by the USADA for future testing as well. Both fighters also face a 2 year ban from Boxing if they test positive. So with all of these strict obligations, why are we still in the dark about the initial drug tests?

The most frustrating thing about all of this is the that the USADA hyped up these fighters for being courageous in their efforts to clean up the sport. Yet, neither fighter has been courageous enough to tell the public about the details of their initial drug tests.

“These athletes are courageous in their position and their desire to be held to the most stringent anti-doping program to protect their right to compete clean. At this point, both athletes have agreed to USADA's testing protocols, including both blood and urine testing, which is unannounced, which is anywhere, anytime." Travis Tygart, USADA


Eric Davidson Sacramento, CA “I thought that this drug testing was supposed to be transparent and open to the public?”

That’s what we were led to believe. However, that’s not what’s happening. We have to hear second hand about the details.

Jennifer Johnstone Sacramento, CA “Why hasn’t GBP issued a press release about the first round of tests?”

I wonder the same thing. They issue press releases for everything else. You would think that Golden Boy Promotions would issue a press release about the initial tests especially considering how much they hyped up the entire implementation of drug testing.

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