Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports is longtime boxing promoter Lou DiBella.
Mannix and DiBella have a spirited discussion on the state of boxing, including the impact of the PBC, HBO’s future and what Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor would do for the sport.
Discusses the digraceful lack of punishment for Yuriorkis Gamboa, after the revelations that he was receiving copious amounts of PEDs from the now infamous Biogenesis doping clinic.
There was no investigation into Gamboa, no formal interviews done about what he did and when he did it. Only during fighter meetings, when quizzed by HBO’s broadcast team, did Gamboa have to acknowledge that he took substances from the Biogenesis clinic, that he didn’t know what they were and that he was no longer using them.
Gamboa could get away with such vague, unverifiable statements because boxing has no means of investigating him….
The simple, scary bottom line is this: PED use in boxing won’t become a front burner issue until someone is killed in the ring because of it, until a fighter who caves in someone’s skull tests positive for a substance that gave him the strength to do it. It’s not a matter of if that will happen, but when. Then you will hear fighters refusing to fight. Then you will hear promoters rant and rave about the need for stricter testing. Then you will hear elected officials call for a federal system to oversee all of it.
Then, though, it will be too late.