Boxing has a clear doping problem – Joshua – BBC Sport

  • by Khal Sajad
  • BBC Sport in London

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Anthony Joshua: British heavyweight said ‘Boxing clearly has a doping problem’

Anthony Joshua says boxing has “clear problems” with doping after Dillian White voluntarily failed a drug test. And was withdrawn from all British heavyweight bouts on Saturday.

Joshua, 33, will face Robert Helenius at the O2 Arena in London instead, with Finn, 39, due in just one week.

Asked by BBC Sport if boxing has a problem with doping, Joshua said: “I don’t know how they are going to deal with it or what their solution is. But there are clearly problems.”

For the third time in 12 months boxing has faced serious questions about the sport’s credibility and anti-doping regulations.

in October last year Conor Benn’s match against Chris Eubank Jr has been canceled for Fight Week. After it turned out that Benn failed two voluntary drug tests. Ben often protests his innocence. just like white

Amir Khan has been banned for two years after a doping test revealed a banned substance following his fight with Kell Brook in February 2022.

The case was not heard by an independent court until January 2023.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Joshua would fight Helenius instead. This was the second time Joshua had to pull an opponent out of a fight for doping violations.

In 2019, Andy Ruiz Jr stepped on a month’s notice when American Jarrell Miller tested positive for several banned substances.

Joshua paid for additional testing by the Anti-Doping Association, which was voluntary for many years to be carried out in conjunction with the UK Anti-Doping Agency (Ukad) testing.

In their latest report, Ukad conducted 213 in-competition tests and 133 out-of-competition tests with boxers connected to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).

However, in international boxing there is no standard set of anti-doping rules. As a result, fighters like Joshua insist on taking additional steps to ensure regular testing.

But Joshua admits that not all boxers have the funds to ensure more testing, and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, says regular testing below boxing’s elite is necessary.

Matchroom CEO Hearn has been involved in both Whyte and Benn lawsuits. He promotes both fighters.

Other famous athletes Failed and suspended were Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2018 and Tyson Fury in 2015, both condemning suspected meat consumption.

However, Joshua said he was not surprised by the doping scandal in boxing.

“The thing is, people are wondering. ‘How long has this been going on?’

“It made me wonder. ‘How long has this situation been going on?’ In a way, I no longer panic in boxing.”

The two-time world champion added: “It’s not just the belt you’re competing in. But also leave this game to your wits. Boxing is a dangerous and dangerous game. Even on the anti-doping side of things, people just accept it.”

Hearn called on global organizations to improve testing and punishment.

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Conor Benn last fought in April 2022 when he stopped Chris van Heerden in two rounds.

Welterweight Benn failed two voluntary tests for clomiphene for female fertility. Before the match against Chris Eubank Jr. was canceled in October.

Benn was suspended by Ukad, which is under investigation, before his suspension was lifted on July 28.

The case may not be resolved completely. The agency said it had 21 days to assess whether it wanted to appeal the decision. It is run by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADP).

Benn and White said they were not guilty of willful doping. However, both cases highlighted the confusion surrounding drug testing in British boxing. and questions about the voluntary punishment of boxers who do not pass a drug test

The two British return It “found adverse effects” in tests conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada), but the BBBoC was advised by the Ukad test.

Matchroom and Benn weren’t sure if the BBBoC had jurisdiction when it came to testing Vada, so didn’t immediately cancel the fight. Eubank Jr was willing to continue. Before the Board of Directors resolved to disapprove the fight Forced to cancel the match 2 days before the match.

in the case of White The fight with Joshua was canceled immediately after Matchroom was informed by Wada.

Hearn said this was because Joshua refused to fight Whyte after the result was known at 7am BST on Saturday morning. But also said they learned from their mistakes about Benn’s test.

But confusion remains about what happened to the fighters who voluntarily failed their drug tests. The BBCoC argued they had jurisdiction and suspended Benn on that basis, but the independent NADP lifted Benn’s suspension after. hear the case

The details of the verdict are unknown and Ukad can still appeal the verdict.

For a failed Ukad test, a fighter will be banned for 2 years regardless of intent. As evidenced by Khan’s case earlier this year, which the court ruled that it was “Intentional or negligent act”

“Wada is a reporting agency. So from here, how is Dillian White going to clear his name or try to do so?” Hearn asked.

“I don’t know the answer. He is not licensed by the BBCoC, he is licensed by Portugal where he lives. What will they do about it?”

There is no independent global body that sets standards for sport – something Hearn said needs to change.

An international body that can oversee corresponding testing, rules and penalties for doping offenses.

“There is a governing body in each state in America that has its own rules,” he said.

“I think we need clear rules for sport around the world. Which is easier said than done.”

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