Eddie Hearn contacted BoxingScene.com Wednesday afternoon, after some revealing
comments from Paulie Malignaggi on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday regarding random
drug testing in the August 16 welterweight title fight between unbeaten
champion Shawn Porter and undefeated challenger Kell Brook.
bout is due to take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
a former two-weight world champion who lost to Porter in April, told Radio 5’s
Ian Payne and Steve Bunce that no random drug testing will take place prior to
the fight. The claim is based on a conversation he had l with Ken Porter—the
champion’s father and trainer—last weekend in San Francisco at a local boxing
show. According to the elder Porter, there will be no random drug testing taking
place for this fight, despite Brook and Hearn’s insistence that it has been
contractually agreed upon.
Porter was telling me that they were okay with doing random drug testing for
the Kell Brook fight but Eddie Hearn was just talking and talking and talking
but there was no random drug testing,” Malignaggi claimed during the interview
on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I don’t know what’s been told on what side but I feel
like I should put this out there in case Kell does think there is random drug
testing going on because according to Kenny Porter there is no random drug
testing going on.”
Jun 23, Hearn
told BoxingScene.com, “We are more than happy with the terms which include
random drug testing which I feel is very important in the sport today”. This
came after Ken Porter had alleged that they had not received a signed contract
for the fight.
receiving tweets about Malignaggi’s comments, Hearn had this to say in response:
“Both parties signed up for random drug testing to be performed by USADA under
that organisation’s protocol – it was a condition of the deal. I have seen and
heard plenty of opinion in relation to this, it’s not just for this fight, it’s
essential in the sport. This is a dangerous sport and those that are cheating
need to be eradicated forever, a level playing field is essential.
is in a wonderful place. He flies out next week and I have no doubt in my mind
that he will be victorious. This is a wonderful fight between two of the top
welterweights in the world, fight fans are in for a real treat.”
Shaun Brown is the UK Editor at
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