Lamont Peterson to apply for a boxing license in Nevada
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will be applying to get a boxing license in the state of Nevada so that he can resume his career. Peterson recently tested positive for synthetic testosterone, which he was taking under a doctor’s supervision for an abnormally lower testosterone level in his blood.
It’s unclear whether Peterson will be given a boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If not, Peterson may have to wait between nine and twelve months before he can apply again with the Nevada commission, according to ESPN. However, Peterson can always apply for a license in another state, such as Texas. That might be one way he can resume his career rather than sitting around for ages waiting for the Nevada Commission to give him back his boxing license.
Peterson was supposed to be facing Amir Khan in a rematch this coming Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. That fight was cancelled due to Peterson’s positive test during testing by the Anti-Doping Association. Peterson reportedly failed to let the testing agency know that he was taking testosterone before they began testing. That’s the only real issue here as far as I can tell. Peterson was taking the testosterone under the doctor’s supervision, so it should be okay, but the problem will likely be that he failed to let the testing agency know ahead of time.
I don’t see this as an issue that will keep Peterson out of boxing. As long as he’s under a doctor’s supervision, he can and should be able to resume his career. If the man has abnormally low testosterone then he should be able to receive treatment for the problem. Why fight at a disadvantage? All Peterson is doing is trying to get to get up to the bar so that it’s even playing field. He’s not taking testosterone on his own and stacking drugs. He had or has a doctor working with him to get his testosterone numbers to the normal levels that a fighter in his late 20s should be at. I have no problem with that what so ever.
If the Nevada commission won’t give him a license, Peterson can always shop around and find one that will and he’ll likely have no problems finding opponents wanting to fight him. I respect the man and back him 100% for doing what he needs to do to get his health together. If I had a low testosterone level, I wouldn’t want to go through life with one hand tied behind my back feeling weak and listless. Testosterone is a very important chemical and if your body isn’t making enough of it on it’s own then so be it you need to seek out medical care to get it boosted back to where it should be.
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