Ariza's Take on The Lamont Peterson PEDs Controversy

By Osman Rodriguez

Alex Ariza, the former strength and conditioning coach of Amir Khan, appeared on WLIE radio in New York and discussed the ongoing situation with WBA/IBF champion Lamont Peterson. Last Monday it was disclosed that Peterson failed a random drug test issued by VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency]. By Wednesday, the May 19th rematch between Peterson and Khan had been canceled because the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to license Peterson for his failure to disclose the use of synthetic testosterone.

Peterson revealed that he was given the testosterone pellets back in November, before the December fight with Khan. Because he failed to disclose his use, Khan’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is attempting to have their fighter’s split decision loss overturned to a no-contest. If the Washington commission approves their request, then the WBA and IBF will likely strip Peterson and return the titles to Khan.

Ariza is not entirely sure if the pellets actually gave Peterson an edge in the first fight, but he recognizes the boxer’s failure to disclose his use is the real problem at hand. Peterson’s attorney disclosed the use of testosterone pellets after his client’s sample tested positive for the second time.

“I can only speak about the situation as I heard it. From my understanding, Peterson has a testosterone deficiency, which is very, very common among men. My understanding is the numbers were somewhere around that of an 80-year-old man. Doctors sometimes like to prescribe these slow releasing pellets that release small amounts of testosterone into the system and try to get their levels up. It’s very, very rare that you can get up to an optimum level with pellets instead of injections. Unfortunately he didn’t disclose it, which is kind of like spilled milk now and it’s hard to go back and change it,” Ariza said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kenny MF Powers on 05-16-2012

[QUOTE=Eliq20;12134699]First it was the drug test. Manny agreed. Then it was you can't train in your own country. Then it was the drug test again. Manny been said the test wasn't the problem. They both agreed on 50-50(Read the Dec.…

Comment by Eliq20 on 05-16-2012

[QUOTE=WALTER WHITE;12132994]It was an amicable split. Amir just felt more comfortable with David Haye's conditioning coach.[/QUOTE] First it was the drug test. Manny agreed. Then it was you can't train in your own country. Then it was the drug test…

Comment by Pony Boy on 05-16-2012

No guys, I think that the reason he didn't say anything is cause he has an erectile dysfunction problem :banana:

Comment by guru on 05-16-2012

peterson didnt say anything cause he was hoping to god the B sample would come back clean. keep in my he took the pellets in nov and passed testing for the 1st fight. he probably figured he would be OK…

Comment by Sir.Afiln on 05-16-2012

He ****ing left khan in middle of training camp to go to chaves "PED" Jnr .. whose fight is mile away.. so how do you expect khan to react?? its common sense he had to find someone else... as this…

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