Representatives from the camp of junior welterweight Lamont Peterson have submitted the fighters’ medical records for review to the IBF, which will determine whether Peterson should retain the belt he won by split-decision from Amir Khan in December or be stripped as a result of having tested positive for the banned substance testosterone, IBF President Daryl Peoples informed RingTV.com on Monday.
The WBA already has stripped Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts), whose scheduled May 19 rematch with Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) was canceled following the failed drug test in March.
The WBA’s vacant belt will be on the line when Khan challenges WBC titleholder Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, making the winner of the HBO-televised bout partially unified 140-pound titleholder.
Peterson admitted to using testosterone in November prior to facing Khan, claiming it was for medical reasons. Peterson had a “testosterone pellet” surgically implanted into his hip by Las Vegas-based Dr. John Thompson on Nov. 12 of last year after he was diagnosed with an abnormally testosterone level.
Peoples said that the information was submitted by lawyers Adisa Bakari and Michael Hepburn of Dow Lohnes Sports and Entertainment, based in Washington, D.C.
Bakari could not immediately be reached for comment.
“We’re trying to get them to explain the circumstances under which Lamont Peterson tested positive for the banned substance when he took the test. We did get some medical information which discussed his medical condition a little bit. It’s from two, separate doctors,” said Peoples, who will have the records examined by organization-appointed physicians.
“We have a few people whom we want to look at it and give us some opinions. We’re going to have some experienced people look at it and put it into terms that the layman can understand. We’ll move forward from there. I don’t know what they will need to do to verify or dispute what they see. They may have a few questions that they want us to ask. I don’t know exactly how they’re going to handle it at this point.”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer had sent letters to the WBA and IBF on Khan’s behalf requesting that the sanctioning organizations “rule the fight a no-contest,” and, asking “the IBF and the WBA to re-instate Amir Khan as their champion.”
Schaefer was then notified by the WBA that it will sanction Khan’s july 14 bout with Garcia, who earned the WBC 140-pound title by outpointing Erik Morales in March.
Peterson and Khan contractually agreed to have their blood and urine randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), whose president and founder is Margaret Goodman.
Goodman informed Nevada State Athletic Commission director Keith Kizer that Peterson’s “urine specimen … was collected on March 19” and that its test results were “consistent with the administration of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone.”
In an interview with RingTV.com, Peterson said that he passed the pre-fight urine test conducted by the Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Athletic Commission before facing Khan.
D.C. commission director, Scottie Irving, has stated that he has no official comment.
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