By Luke Furman
According to Daryl Peoples, President of the International Boxing Federation, his organization is considering the possibility of putting together their own random drug testing system - similar to the protocols created by the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Association.
The WBA and WBC are subjecting all of their top-15 ranked boxers, and champions, to drug testing protocols.
"We take our anti-doping program very seriously. So far we only conduct tests at competitions, but now everyone in boxing understands that doping is a real problem. We work together, we support each other in matters of exclusion of athletes. If you asked me 10 years ago, I would not say that this problem is not in boxing. Back then I thought that this is more likely to apply to MMA," Peoples told Nikolay Ryazantsev.
His opinion on the matter has now changed, with dozens of boxers failing drug tests in the last ten years.
"Now the truth comes out. This is a disrespect for the sport and a disrespect for the opponent, when you gain an advantage in some other way, rather than working in the gym. These athletes simply destroy their body for some short-term benefit. We are trying to make it clear to all boxers that doping for them only does harm," Peoples said.
And of course the IBF is now looking at putting together their own drug testing program.
"We are considering this issue. So far, our rules only require doping tests during fight. But I think that eventually we will move forward with taking tests during out-of-competition periods to be sure that everyone is under the same conditions. If you go into the ring with someone who has a dishonestly gained an advantage, then it can be just as dangerous for both boxers," Peoples said.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org