Lem Satterfield

D.C. Commission sends Peterson-Holt drug test results to IBF

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RING TV.com has been informed that D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission Administrator, Sheldon J. Brown, has released to IBF President Daryl Peoples the official documents pertaining to the post-fight drug tests from last month’s Lamont Peterson- Kendall Holt bout.

The urine tests were administered by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) affiliate based in Salt Lake City, Utah. After Peterson’s eighth-round stoppage of Holt on Feb. 22 at The D.C. Armory in his Washington, D.C., the test results had returned negative, according to a written notification from Brown that was issued to both fighters’ camps.

Brown’s notification alone, however, referring to the negative testing had not been assurance enough, at least, for Peoples and Holt’s attorney, Pat English, who had demanded to see the official documents that were received by Peoples on Wednesday, according to IBF public relations director Jeanette Salazar.

Peoples told RingTV.com on Tuesday that he expected the “official results from Peterson-Holt in his possession” on Wednesday, and Salazar confirmed that he has.

“Daryl said that he got something from the commission today,” said Salazar, “and that he will be sending it out to the camps.”

Although neither is pointing the finger, English and Peoples had insisted 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.

Peterson will make a defense of his belt against RING No. 1-rated 140-pounder Lucas Matthysse on May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Showtime.

English and Peoples requested official documentation from Brown, who had received “at least three e-mails,” starting on March 12, asking for them, according to English.

Until sending the documents, Brown had asserted that the results of the tests were negative, while also stating that it was 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.”

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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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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