Many must-read articles here for anybody interested in the most prevalent problem in boxing: performance enhancing drugs.
1. We begin in March 2010. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are in fight negotiations earlier in the year for a mega-fight showdown between the two best fighters of our era. If you read this article by Thomas Hauser, you’ll get a grasp on the subject before heading into Montoya’s first article.
2. These two links are called “The PED Mess” by Thomas Hauser. A number of the links collected here were reference points for this piece.
3. March 2010 – This is a Mayweather interview Montoya did that got him more interested than ever in drug testing, what tests there were and what this whole subject was about. This is the beginning.
4. Mayweather and Mosley Usher in a New Era by Agreeing to USADA Standards
5. This one is about the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), but also discusses the history of PEDs.
6. This article talked about the testing done for Alexander vs. Maidana. It laid out a path for a cheater to escape punishment in an anti-doping case.
Ironically, the defense discussed was used by MLB National League MVP Ryan Braun’s lawyers the following week to escape his 50 game suspension for testosterone use.
7. This one is a conversation with Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) President Dr. Goodman about PEDs. They discuss the popular drug synthetic testosterone.
8. This one is about how badly Texas screwed up by not testing any fighter on a Top Rank card which included Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs Marco Antonio Rubio. There is a thread about T/E ratios in this story that is expanded into the next link.
9. This one is about the T/E ratio testosterone loophole in New York and Nevada. Really, the loophole applies to all sports even under current standards.
10. Montoya wrote this in 2011 about the Juan Manuel Marquez-Angel “Memo” Heredia connection.
11. Bob Arum hangs up on Montoya for asking about drug testing. This is funny because Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, in an effort to quiet suspicion about Heredia, declares steroids a thing of about “five-ten years ago.”
12. “Conte responds to Angel Heredia Defamation suit.”
13. Spring 2012 – This was written as the lead-in to Mayweather-Cotto. It links Mayweather to Don Hale, the owner of 24 hormone replacement therapy clinics currently being sued by the state of Tennessee for misleading the public with his product. The Tennessee state attorney general referred to his product as “mega-doses of synthetic testosterone.”
14. This is Montoya’s coverage of the Lamont Peterson case.
15. This piece has three anti-doping legends speaking on the ramifications of the Peterson positive test.
16. Dr. Goodman on the Peterson positive and VADA’s handling of it.
17. These two attempt to explain the Andre Berto positive drug test.
18. This story details drug testing for the Golden Boy-promoted Wright-Quillin fight. USADA abruptly stopped testing after collecting samples from both men.
19. This was a legal threat sent to Montoya by Golden Boy accusing him of spreading a rumor and looking into a potential clause that would allow for a fighter to test positive and still be allowed to compete.
20. Antonio Tarver tests positive for Drostanolone.
21. This story summarizes the events of the Spring and the fallout from them.
22. Nonito Donaire Goes All In With 24/7/365 VADA Testing.
23. Arum and Donaire Discuss VADA Testing and the Future, plus Mayweather news.
24. October 2012 – This details Morales-Garcia 2 and how Morales tested positive under USADA testing and yet was allowed to fight anyway.
25. This details how Robert Guerrero and Andre Berto wanted VADA testing for their fight but instead ended up having USADA testing.
26. This is another case of USADA cancelling testing in a fight.
27. 2012′s Memo Heredia-Marquez piece.
28. In the middle of the lead-in to Pacquiao-Marquez 4, the discussion turns to strength and conditioning coaches, a potentially controversial component to any camp in some insiders’ views.
29. Boxing’s Biggest Problem Needs Bob Arum.
30. Nonito Donaire leads Boxing into the Future. This one details Nonito Donaire’s program with Victor Conte and VADA.
31. Boxing’s PED Problem: Where do we go from here?
32. Peterson vs. Holt: Another Bad Precedent for Boxing?
33. “Yuriorkis Gamboa Tests Positive for Being a Modern Athlete”
34. Montoya’s take on USADA’s ban of Erik Morales: “USADA, Golden Boy and Positive Drug Test Management Part One”
“Perhaps it is found in the fact that in no clause, rule or any other place found in several Master Agreement contracts obtained by Maxboxing.com, between Golden Boy Promotions and the United States Anti-Doping Agency regarding anti-doping testing for their fighters are the words “State Athletic Commission” used. No variation of those words is used. It would appear, after careful perusal of these varied versions of the same Master Agreement, that this alliance between Golden Boy and USADA potentially takes the commission completely out of the loop”
35. “USADA, Golden Boy and Positive Drug Test Management Part Two”
36. “Lessons from Boxing’s PED Files”
This article touches on “the recent testing snags in the lead-up to the upcoming Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux and Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov fights”.
37. Article which touches on the bizarrely short ban given to Mickey Bey for his shocking 33:1 T/E levels
“Smoke a joint before a middleweight title fight? That’ll be $900,000 and nine months suspension, please.
Come into the ring with the Incredible Hulk’s T/E ratio? Pay the man some pocket change at the window and let us know when you get your next TV date.
Call Guinness because I think we have two world records. One for “World’s Most Expensive Joint” and the other for “Greatest Divide between Drug Penalties by the Same Commission.””
Crucially, the article touches on a possible reason why Bey’s ban was so lenient: his attorney is a former Nevada commissioner, and may have used his influence there in an unsavoury way to get his client such a short ban for such a serious offence.
38. Montoya breaks down Kendall Holt’s “atypical” drug test result, and the erroneous reporting of a Lamont Peterson failure
39. “Dr. Don Catlin on Anti-Doping in Boxing”
40. “The Ballad of Larry Olubamiwo”
41. “Will Arum’s proposed Nevada testing endanger Marquez vs. Bradley?”
42. “Simple Truths”, focusing partly on the Bradley-Marquez testing controversy and the way forward
43. Montoya speaks about previously undisclosed role as anti-doping consultant for Pascal-Bute and Dawson-Stevenson bouts, as well as possible journalism ethics concerns
(Brent Brookhouse exclusive for Bad Left Hook website)
44. “Andre Berto, Mickey Bey, Canada and Conflicts of Interest”
45. “The Bob Arum-Nevada Testing Agency is Failing”
46. A look at doping in sports in general – “Victor Conte, Other Sports and Boxing’s Trust Issues”
47. “Edwin Rodriguez Goes Next Level, Enters VADA’s 24/7/365 Program”
48. Montoya on the Marquez-Bradley drug testing controversy – “There’s no Breaking Bradley”
49. “Setting Ariza’s VADA Tweet Straight”
50. “Why Is Andre Ward So Testy About Testing?”
51. “Rios Tests Positive for DMAA, Suspended Five Months by CPBO”
52. “Looking ahead to boxing’s needed changes in 2014″
53. “Bute-Pascal and the (Possible) Future of Drug Testing in Boxing”
54. “Bill Simmons and the Trouble with Selective Journalism”
55. “Freddie Roach: ‘PED testing should be mandatory’”
56. “The Use and (Potential) Abuse of Epinephrine in Boxing”
57. A reaction to the Association of Ringside Physicians’ position statements regarding various health & safety issues in combat sports: “Combat Sports Health and Safety in 2014: Job ONE”
58. “Robert Garcia Part One: The Epinephrine Rule”
59. “Robert Garcia, Part Two: The Blame Game”
60. Contrary to false reports, “WADA ‘Not Responsible’ for Bradley-Pacquiao II Testing”
61. “Porter, Malignaggi and the Trouble with Testing”
62. “Marquez-Alvarado: from Chemical Warfare to Collective Amnesia”
More Thomas Hauser articles –
1. “PEDs: When the Lawsuits Come”
2. “Why Bradley-Marquez matters”
Including a breakdown of Marquez’s refusal of VADA testing, something which wasnt mentioned on the first episode of HBO’s 24/7, which instead featured idiotic NSAC chief Keith Kizer trumpeting the supposed brilliance of the unproven new NSAC tests
3. “Edwin Rodriguez, PEDs, and Al Haymon”
Kelsey McCarson articles –
1. “Texas Boxing Commission Does Not Regularly Test for Most PEDs, Steroids”
Just when you thought state commission testing was inept…it transpires that in some places, it’s even worse than we thought, as Texas tests almost exclusively for recreational drugs instead of steroids.
2. “What Happened in Texas”? The definitive article on the Chavez Jr.-Lee drug testing controversy
3. “Dr. Goodman Kept VADA Off the Ropes in 2012″
‘Pariah to Prophet’ – Former BALCO mastermind Victor Conte podcast discussing the Biogenesis affair, loopholes in performance-enhancing drug testing, the state of the Sports War on Drugs and how candy-flavored, testosterone-laced lozenges have become the PED ingestion method du jour.
Available to listen to, or download, from this link —http://www.sportsonearth.com/podcast/hruby_tuesday/55241674
Doping in boxing is touched on, and Conte rightly states the doping in sport is most serious in fight sports, where bodily harm can be inflicted
My own article on the Kiko Martinez-Eufemiano Fuentes PED links: “Kiko Martinez linked to infamous doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, and the boxing world shrugs”
And, finally, a 2008 interview with PED kingpin, Memo Heredia (now, of course, working with many boxers in the role of strength & conditioning coach, most notably Juan Manuel Marquez), in which he discusses the dire state of the PED problem in sport: