By Luis Sandoval
Lamont Peterson will make his return to the ring after a 14 month layoff when he takes on Kendall “Rated R” Holt and defends his IBF Junior Welterweight title for the first time. Peterson has not fought since winning his title back in December of 2011 against Amir Khan due to testing positive for synthetic testosterone leading up to their rematch.
It’s been a long road for Peterson who has been fighting to clear his name ever since in the court of public opinion. While Peterson has been cleared by the IBF and has a scheduled fight in his birthplace of Washington D.C. on February 22nd, some still accuse him of cheating.
Peterson was on the most recent edition of BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab and was asked despite all the testing controversy that sidelined his career for over a year, if he’d still continue random style drug testing for his upcoming fights.
“I want to continue to drug test. This fight coming up we won't have random drug testing [but] I will go out and get drug testing done mainly for my health to make sure my levels of testosterone are not too low or anything like that. We will probably get private drug testing but in bigger fights where more money is generated, of course we'll go random drug testing. I prefer VADA. So as long as we're making more money, because those drug tests are not cheap, I'll continue to participate” revealed Peterson.
Despite VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) being the agency who reported the positive drug sample for Peterson, he still would like to continue using them for future fights. That speaks volumes considering most would probably try to distance themselves but Peterson is doing the opposite.
You can listen to Lamont Peterson’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/boxinglab/2013/02/06/the-boxing-lab-boxingscenes-official-audio-show
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