By Luis Sandoval
Ever since Floyd Mayweather Jr. required random Olympic style drug testing for his fight against Shane Mosley back in May of 2010, it seems more and more fighters are adopting the testing for their fights. Just this year alone Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson, Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto and Saul Canelo Alvarez-Shane Mosley will all incorporated random drug testing to be administered during the lead up to their fights.
Most fighters and fans are on board with the testing as it ultimately proves to everyone that both fighters are clean and don’t have any advantage going into the ring on fight night. Shane Mosley is very familiar with the process as he’s been through it before and is doing it once again with his fight with Alvarez. But when he stopped by BoxingScene’s official audio show The Boxing Lab, Mosley expressed he felt the testing can sometimes be a little too much.
“Yes, it’s something the sport can use but I don’t think that it should be over exaggerated. Some drug testing they do is too much. Eight, nine times and constantly showing up. It’s ridiculous. I think three times; the first in the beginning, middle and the end of camp. Maybe that’s good enough” Mosley told The Boxing Lab.
Make no mistake, Mosley is in favor of the testing but just feels it could be less stringent especially when it comes to disrupting a fighters camp. Mayweather uses USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for his fights while newly formed VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), which is headed by former Nevada Medical Advisory Board and NSAC chief ringside physician Dr. Margaret Goodman, will be involved in some of the aforementioned fights and will be used for Mosley’s fight with Alvarez.
“You can just test the fighter like they would [normally] 2 to 3 times. Actually test a little stronger if they want to if there’s something wrong. It’s just the thing of interfering with a fighter’s workout and training regimen which is not good. I think VADA’s been pretty good this time around as far not interfering” expressed Mosley.
As random drug testing becomes more and more prevalent in the sport it appears fighters will need to get used to having testing administered during their training camp. It’s a small price to pay to have peace of mind that your opponent isn’t doing or using anything illegal to have an advantage.
As for Mosley, the testing to him has been less intrusive this time around and he promised he’s in great shape and ready for his upcoming fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez May 5th at the MGM Grand as the co-feature to Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto.
You can listen to Shane Mosley’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://tobtr.com/s/3051439
You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.