Today was one of the craziest news days in the boxing sphere in recent memory. Robert Guerrero was arrested Thursday morning at NY airport for gun possession, and then RingTV.com reported that Lamont Peterson tested positive following his Feb. 22 fight against Kendall Holt for HCG, a hormone which can bolster testosterone. That report was quickly removed from the Ring website, and later that evening, Peterson's promoter, Golden Boy, which owns Ring, put out a release about the Peterson non-positive:
Washington, DC (March 28) - Contrary to earlier erroneous media reports, Lamont Peterson did not fail a post-fight drug test following his successful IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship defense against Kendall Holt on Friday, February 22 in Washington, DC. In fact, Peterson tested negative for all banned substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Full Menu as well as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and luteinizing hormone (LH).
"We are very pleased that there has been clarification that Lamont Peterson did not test positive for any banned substances as reported inaccurately earlier today," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Today's incident exemplifies the importance of accurate fact checking prior to reporting news. Golden Boy Promotions looks forward to Lamont Peterson's next fight and furthering his career."
Peterson is slated to meet Lucas Matthysse on May 18. I'm not sure why the Matthysse fight wasn't mentioned by name in the release, and as far as I know, that fight is a go.
ESPN's Dan Rafael spoke to Holt's promoter, Gary Shaw, and said Shaw told him that it was Holt's sample which got flagged. "I have the documents from the IBF, and I am aware that the atypical sample has the control number that was assigned to Kendall Holt and that he signed for," Shaw told Rafael.
Kendall Holt told me Thursday night that he didn't test positive for anything, either, and said he was told that on the phone by a member of the DC commission. "I took Mega Men multivitamins, fish oil pills and potassium-magnesium pills," he said. "And Krispi-Kreme doughnuts and Doritos as well."
Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?