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Berto's Trainer on The Peterson Scandal, PEDs, More

By Chris Robinson
 
Over the weekend I caught up with trainer Tony Morgan, known best for his work with former welterweight champion Andre Berto.
 
Morgan had been training his charge in Van Nuys, California earlier this year ahead of a scheduled February 11th rematch with Victor Ortiz but the fight fell through after Berto ruptured his left bicep on January 31st. Now tucked away in their home base of Winter Haven, Florida, Morgan says training is right on pace ahead of the rescheduled date of June 23th for the rematch with Ortiz, who defeated Berto via unanimous decision in a harrowing fight on April 16th of last year.
 
And while the call to Morgan was made in a simple effort to catch up on things, the conversation soon took a turn when he shifted his attention to the latest drama surrounding Lamont Peterson and his failed drug test ahead of his now-cancelled rematch with Amir Khan.
 
Peterson upset Khan last December over twelve fast-paced rounds and the two were set to go at it again on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. On Monday, news hit that Peterson had tested positive for synthetic testosterone in the form of testosterone pellets that were prescribed to him by his personal physician and the Khan rematch was cancelled two days later.
 
The fallout of the fight has had the sport buzzing like only the rarest of stories do and Morgan had a lot to say on performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of boxing. As for his thoughts on Peterson, Morgan made it clear that he believes the Washington, D.C. fighter and his team are honest people who simply got caught making a big mistake.
 
Continue reading below for some highlights from my candid talk with Morgan, including his many years knowing Lamont Peterson, his praise for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, why he feels that PEDs are all abound in boxing, his thoughts on why the sport is going to be changing very soon, and much more.
 
This is what Morgan had to share…
 
Hearing about Peterson’s failed drug test…
“Very, very sad. This business has enough black eyes already and we don’t need any more of those. I truthfully think drugs are rampant in the sport. I think they are. I think that this new style of testing is going to really drop the hammer on a lot of people. As long as we have the VADA testing, I’m not really worried about it. Because the VADA testing is what is going to catch it.”
 
Learning much from BALCO founder Victor Conte during Andre Berto’s training camp in San Carlos, California last year…
“He opened my eyes to show me the difference of cheating. He showed me how certain people cheat. And I watched certain things and it made perfect sense. There’s a lot going on and people can say whatever they want to say and I don’t point fingers at nobody, but when you get to that big-boy level, I think a lot of these guys got a little bit of an edge. When you’re talking that much money, hell, they can corrupt whoever they want to corrupt. ‘Change the urine, do this’. Those people that do the urine test, they can’t make that much money. Hell, you offer them a million dollars and that changes their lives. A million dollars to those type of people, the promoters, aint sh*t.”
 
Corrupted with money…

“I think that anything can be corrupted with money, let’s put it that way. I’m not saying anybody is corrupt, but I believe with enough money and power, you can get things done. It’s sad, because at the end of the day, we just want to see who’s best. Let’s play on a fair playing-field. I’m going to tell you right now. To me, without a doubt, I don’t think anybody can get through VADA. Margaret Goodman, she’s as straight-laced as they come and I think her testing is going to take over. I really do. Anybody who doesn’t want to do it, the press is going to be all over them.”
 
A crucial mistake from Lamont Peterson…
“I love Lamont. I love Barry. I’ve known them guys since Lamont was probably ten or eleven years old. I know those guys are not that cheating-type people. I think they felt like maybe they were going against somebody where maybe they thought things weren’t right. And I don’t know the laws or the by-laws, if they would have told VADA, if that would have been accepted, I don’t know. But I know Barry and I know Lamont very well and I can tell you, I think they’re the farthest people from cheaters that I’ve ever met. I think they made a stupid mistake and I think they didn’t think they were doing anything wrong.”
 
No accusations without proof…
“I look at it like this. People can say whatever they want to say. Until there is proof, you can’t say nothing. Just like the people called me after the first Victor and Berto fight, telling me ‘Oh, he’s doing this, he did that’ but I don’t have no proof of that. The only thing I got proof of is Victor Ortiz went up there and did his job and beat Berto’s ass that night. That’s the only thing I have proof of. I told Berto to keep his head high, go shake his hand, congratulate him, and you give him your belt. That’s all you can do.”
 
Peterson’s intentions…

“Now, do I think there are people cheating in the sport? You’re damn right I do. I think it’s more than Lamont and Lamont would have been, truthfully, the very last person on this earth I would think would cheat. What he did, I don’t think he considered it cheating. I don’t think he knew what he was doing was cheating. I just think he was trying to get himself to where he thought he needed to be as far as his body’s natural place where it should be. A lot of people don’t realize, I think it’s the age of 25, our bodies start dropping about 3% of testosterone a year. Our bodies start losing that, so a lot of these age-defying doctors, that’s what they do. They put you on either a testing cream or they’ll put you on some kind of injection of synthetic testosterone. Just to get you to your regular levels.”
 
What actually went on…
“You can look at Lamont. Lamont’s not a body-builder, he’s not a monster. It just gets you to your regular levels, where you’re supposed to be. I don’t know if you would have said that ahead of time, if that would have kept him from getting in trouble, I don’t know. I don’t know all the rules as far as that. I don’t know what actually went on. I just know that Lamont Peterson and Barry Hunter are two of the straightest shooters I’ve ever met. I know they’re not cheaters. They made a mistake. They’re not cheaters.”
 
Above and beyond…
“I think the U F C allows that, the TRT, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or something similar, where it gets you to your regular levels. And we all know a lot of these guys are going above and beyond that. It’s sad, because, I know those kids and I know their coach, and I know they work their ass off their whole lives just like we have. This VADA testing is so unbelievable tight, as far as the loopholes and sh*t, that you aint getting nothing by them. Nothing.”
 
Coming back to you…
“So much am I karma person. I believe that anybody that does what they do, I believe that it will come back to you. The good and the bad. And I think there’s a lot going on right now in boxing that a lot of people don’t know about. Truthfully, Victor Conte really opened my eyes. Because, I was just like everybody else. I guess I had blinders on and I was just ignorant to the facts. But you look at some of these guys that are high-thirties and forties and stuff like that. And their bodies are still flawless and in great shape. It just doesn’t happen like that. You see some fighters that aren’t on anything; one night they just grow old in the ring and they’re done. Then you see some fighters and hell, they get older and they’re better. Not pointing any fingers and I don’t want it to seem like I’m blaming anyone and I don’t know anyone who’s doing anything. But the birdy flies around here every once in a while and tells you a little of info.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Roman Moreno on 05-19-2012

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