The PED kerfuffle hit baseball way before fight sports, somewhat strange, I think, in that when you use PEDs to gain an extra advantage in baseball, you might crush the ball harder. In boxing, an extra edge can help you crack skulls harder, and if we are measuring the possibility of carnage, then one would think PEDs in boxing should be a hot button issue.
The story, the subject, waxes and wanes.
Gennady Golovkin is at or near the lead of the pack to wrestle the leadership baton from “TBE,” so it serves that we, the fans, and the media, will be looking to him for clarity on many matters now.
Such as, PEDs in the game…What does he think about them?
“I think (testing) is very important for people,” the 33-year-old Kazakhstan native, who lives in California, told me. “Not just for athletes, for people. For next life…doping is not good for people. I use before this fight VADA testing, every time I show I don’t like doping…it’s very important. I like for everybody natural.”
Is it important as a leader to show you’re clean, I wondered..
His promoter Loeffler noted that in a combat sport, cheating can have disastrous consequences, so that’s important to his kid, and with the WBC, a push is being made to ramp up more testing.
Trainer Abel Sanchez told me 3G was tested about four times, by the VADA crew. “I believe one blood and three urines,” he said. And we know that Tom Hauser wrote of some seemingly early cutoffs for Floyd Mayweather, in some of his bouts being overseen by USADA. When was the last time Gennady was tested, by VADA?
“Yesterday (Thursday), late afternoon,” Sanchez told me. “Every time, they just showed up, no warning.” Solid, I say, as it should be…Amen…
I think all of us can encourage all these guys to walk the walk, be a role model in this area.
Some of the “leaders” I would expect to take a stand on this issue, the so-called sages and moralists in fact are conspicuously absent in their support of stringent testing.
You know some of the guys I’m thinking about….
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