My take on the Lamont Petersen Scandal
By Andrew Morrow: I recently read an article on this site which criticized the biased nature in which one particular contributor writes about heavyweight hopeful Deontay Wilder. This same idiot author wrote an article defending Lamont Petersen’s use of steroids. This author argues against this clown’s view.
This clown (My fellow British fans know who I’m referring to) defended Petersen, asking what the big deal was; after all it was just some synthetic testosterone. Well readers it is a very big deal. Let me explain.
Testosterone is extremely important. It plays a part in building muscle mass and it is the building block of many steroids. This excuse of a writer defended Petersen saying that he had a low testosterone level. Fair enough. However two issues have emerged:
• If Petersen had a medical condition then why not declare it?
• Petersen’s testosterone levels were at a ratio of 3.77:1 on the Carbon Isotope Ratio, or in layman’s terms four times higher than a normal man’s. Why were the levels so high if he was just compensating for a medical condition?
It doesn’t look good does it? This author also defended Andre Berto, the former WBC welterweight champ. Berto’s case may be more innocent as only a trace of the steroid nandrolone. Nandrolone is easy to test for and stays in an athlete’s system for months so Berto would have to be very stupid to have taken it. There may be an innocent explanation here. The trace could have been produced in his body due to a combination of legal supplements and tough training.
The point is that this idiot defended both of these boxers for one reason-they are American. I wonder what he would have wrote if a British fighter like Amir Khan or Kell Brook had taken some testosterone? I think he would have been in uproar. I shudder to think what may have happened to Khan had Lamont not been caught. My point folks is that drugs cheats have no place in the sport. It isn’t like cheating in cricket, football or basketball. The outcome of cheating in boxing can be devastating. Boxing is dangerous and more so than in other sports competitors can get seriously injured and the results of this can be devastating, e.g. Gerald McClellan, Muhammad Ali and Freddie Roach. I’ll conclude by saying that cheats should not be defended because of their nationality as this idiot has done, rather we should unite against these people.