Pound4poundireland’s 2014 Fight, Knockout, Round, Prospect, Upset and Trainer of the Year

Fight of the Year

1. Tommy Coyle-Daniel Brizuela


2. Travis Dickinson-Matty Clarkson


3. Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa


Knockout of the Year

1. Andy Lee ko5 John Jackson


2. Marvin Sonsona ko3 Akifumi Shimoda


3. Felix Verdejo ko1 Lauro Alcantar


Round of the Year

1. Travis Dickinson-Matty Clarkson Round 5

2. Isaac Real-Emanuele Della Rosa Round 2

3. Koki Eto-Ardin Diale Round 8


Prospect of the Year

1. Felix Verdejo

2. Errol Spence

3. Oleksandr Usyk

Upset of the Year

1. Tommy Karpency SD10 Chad Dawson

2. Rogelio Medina ko3 J’Leon Love

3. Chris Algieri SD12 Ruslan Provodnikov


Trainer of the Year

John David Jackson – for his work with Sergey Kovalev

Chris Mannix: “Boxing tempting sad fate with lack of drug testing”



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.

Yuriorkis Gamboa faces no threat of suspension despite his name appearing in Biogenesis/PED report



“There have been many calls to improve testing among boxers, but without the athletic commissions and major promoters unifying their stances and protocols, and implementing effective, random testing, it is unlikely any major changes will take place.”

This is what’s wrong with the sport of boxing, zero uniformity with regards to anything

Kevin Iole explains why Yuriorkis Gamboa’s implication in PED clinic scandal will not result in any type of reprimand or suspension

Yuriorkis Gamboa linked to anti-aging clinic allegedly distributing PEDs, but he’ll face no consequences

A major flaw in the way that the use of performance-enhancing drugs is tracked in combat sports in the U.S. was exposed after the release of a Miami New Times story on a lab allegedly providing PEDs to prominent athletes.

A series of high-profile baseball players, including the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, were included in the records of Biogenesis, a Miami, Fla., anti-aging company that allegedly provided anabolic steroids and human growth hormone to a number of famous athletes.

Among those included in the report was boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Cuba and the interim WBA super featherweight champion.

Several of the athletes mentioned, including Rodriguez and the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, have already denied the allegations. Gamboa couldn’t be reached for comment and his promoter, hip hop star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson of SMS Promotions, failed to return messages left with his publicist seeking comment.

Gamboa hasn’t been linked to PED usage previously and clearly deserves the presumption of innocence. However, the report shows the flaws in the battle to keep PED usage out of boxing and mixed martial arts, where it can literally turn deadly.

The Major League Baseball players who have been implicated could face punishment despite not having failed a drug test. Major League Baseball released a statement in which it read, in part, “We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.”

Gamboa, though, has no worries about action being taken against him no matter what the results of the investigation turn up. Under state athletic commission rules, a fighter can not be fined or suspended retroactively once he or she passes a drug test.

Shane Mosley used PEDs before a 2003 fight with Oscar De La Hoya (AP)That actually happened once. Shane Mosley defeated Oscar De La Hoya in 2003 in Las Vegas and passed his drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission. But then the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) scandal broke in 2004 and it turned out that Mosley used the cream and the clear, designer steroids created by BALCO founder Victor Conte that were undetectable at the time.

Because Mosley passed his test given following the fight by the Nevada commission, even his admission to the grand jury was not enough to allow Nevada to penalize him for his usage. He went on with his career as if the steroid usage never occurred. The same will be true of Gamboa and every other fighter who may be implicated.

Clearly, that’s not right, but that’s because of the way that boxing and mixed martial arts are regulated in the U.S. States have control over the testing and each state has different requirements. The states also don’t have the funds to randomly test athletes too often, which is the way they’re most likely to be caught cheating. The states’ limited budgets for such testing also doesn’t include funds for carbon isotope ratio tests which, for now, is the only foolproof way to prove steroid usage.

As a result, the would-be cheaters in boxing and MMA are far ahead of the game when it comes to beating the testing they face. With few exceptions, they’re tested following their fights, when they know the testing will be done.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency’s “Reasoned Decision” that proved cyclist Lance Armstrong was using PEDs noted in great detail that part of the way Armstrong beat so many tests despite cheating was by evading testers. He knew when the tests were coming and timed his usage accordingly so that it would clear his system before the next test.

Congress won’t act until it has to, but it needs to consider a law requiring all fighters to carry a biological passport and to submit to random, unannounced testing year-round. It also needs to provide the money to fund such a program.

If it doesn’t, it’s only a matter of time before a fighter dies at the hands of someone who used performance-enhancing drugs.

Hopefully, steps will be taken to prevent that tragedy from occurring. Fighters, though, are going to cheat because there is such great incentive to win — the top fighters make millions upon millions of dollars and are among the highest-paid athletes in the world — and there is little preventing it.

Some states, like California and Nevada, try to prevent cheating. New York, though, recently allowed Erik Morales, who tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, to fight despite knowing of his failures.

Until there is a thorough, comprehensive nationwide system in place, fighters are going to continue to cheat and, for the most part, elude detection.

Yuriorkis Gamboa linked to PED bust in South Florida


“Or consider Yuriorkis Gamboa, a rising boxing star who won a gold medal for Cuba in the 2004 Athens Olympics before defecting to Miami two years later. Gamboa has compiled a 22-0 record and has won WBA and IBF featherweight titles since coming to the States.

In the 2009 notebook, Bosch outlines an extensive program he was shipping to Gamboa. In addition to protein powders and calcium/magnesium/zinc compounds, he included a six-day-a-week HGH regime, IGF-1, and a cream with 20 percent testosterone.

What’s more, Bosch even notes that Gamboa’s next bout is scheduled against Brandon Rios the following April and writes, “Start clean-up Dec. 1″ — presumably giving the boxer enough time to pass doping tests”