It has been more than a month since Feb. 22, when IBF junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson scored his eighth-round stoppage over of ex-titleholder Kendall Holt at The D.C. Armory in his Washington, D.C.
During that time, IBF President Daryl Peoples and both the Peterson and Holt camps have received written notification from the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission Administrator, Sheldon J. Brown, stating that the fighters’ post-fight drug tests — administered by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) affiliate based in Salt Lake City, Utah — had returned negative.
“Shortly after the results from the Utah lab that was agreed upon to use were obtained, on March 13th, after my inquiry,” read a portion of Brown’s letter, which was obtained, in its entirety, by RingTV.com, “the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission (Commission) communicated the results to the IBF President, to the Chief Second of the Defending Champion and to the Challenger directly.”
Brown could not be reached for comment.
“The commission notified us of the results of the tests, and we’re fine with that,” said Andre Johnson, the publicist for Peterson. “We know that the test results were all negative, but we’re going to continue to comply with whatever the commission has requested, as well as with whatever the IBF has requested.”
But Brown’s notification alone is not assurance enough, at least, for Peoples and Holt’s attorney, Pat English, that the testing was negative.
“I did get a letter from those guys stating that everything was OK,” said Peoples, early Friday afternoon. “But I’m still at the point where that representation is good to me, but I would like to see tests results whenever they could be made available to me.”
Although neither is pointing the finger, English and Peoples are insisting on clarity given Peterson’s failed drug test last March that was contractually administered at Peterson’s request by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Peterson came up dirty for synthetic testosterone, which forced the cancelation of a rematch wiith Amir Khan, from whom he won his current belt in December of 2011 — one month after having received the testosterone injections.
Although the WBA stripped Peterson in the wake of his infraction, the IBF stuck by him after a review of his medical records by IBF-appointed doctors ruled that the testosterone levels discovered in Peterson were not at a level that would enhance his performance.
But English and Peoples are requesting official documentation from Brown, who has received “at least three e-mails,” starting on March 12, asking for them, according to English.
“This matter has been pending far too long,” said English, whose March 19 e-mail to Brown and Grant read, “I have spoken to Daryl who informs me that the IBF has not received copies of the testing results. I have also determined from the lab that they would have sent them by now.
Holt’s promoter, Gary Shaw, also sent an inquiry to the D.C. Commission on Friday.
“Gary Shaw Productions kindly request, as did Mr. Pat English, that the results of the drug test be sent to the IBF without delay,” wrote Shaw in an e-mail obtained by RingTV.com.
“It is patently unfair for both fighters to be left in limbo for this long period of time. We would appreciate the results of the samples to be sent no later than early next week to the IBF, so we could close this matter.”
Early Friday evening, however, Brown responded with his most recent e-mail to Peoples and English, this one re-iterating his assertion that the results of the tests were negative, while also stating that it is D.C. Commission policy that the official documentation remain private.
“Medical records are confidential; not routinely released unless another Commission has business concerning the medical records,” read Brown’s letter, in part.
“Medicals in the Commission’s view are confidential and extreme measures are taken to protect medical records. Perhaps other commissions may have a different view and practice but that is the approach this Commission takes.”
In other words, said English, during an interview with RingTV.com on Friday, he and Peoples should take the commission’s word for it.
“That’s the way I read it,” said English. “It is unfair to both fighters that the actual results have not been provided, perhaps unfairly, and, perhaps needlessly, cast doubt on the outcome of the fight.”
Holt has even signed a release form directing the D.C. Commission to release his official results to English, who would like Peterson to do the same.
“All they need to do is ask Peterson if he is willing to release his records,” said English. “And then, if he is, then there is no controversy, and he should release them. If he isn’t, then I will be dealing with this through other legal means.”
During an exclusive interview last month prior to his fight with Holt, Peterson told RingTV.com that he had few regrets about going through the controversy surrounding his testosterone levels, and also expressed his preference for dealing with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) as a testing agency in the future.
“That was the whole reason for me doing the drug testing in the first place was not that I thought that Amir Khan was cheating, but to shine a light on drug testing, and that’s it. Sometimes, we ask for things, and when they don’t come out the way that we want them to, we tend to cry about it,” said Peterson.
“But I’m not one who is going to sit around and cry, because at the end of the day, if you think about it, that light was shined on it. Even though it did damage to me, and I had to pay the cost, then if that’s what it takes, then I’m okay with it. So I think that VADA is a good thing for the sport and hopefully I’ll use VADA after this fight [with Holt.]”
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