By Radio Rahim
Veteran promoter Eddie Hearn believes the United States market has a much bigger PED [performance enhancing drug) crisis in comparison to the UK - at least when it comes to boxing.
Hearn was blown away by what recently happened with heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller.
Miller was scheduled to face Hearn's star fighter, Anthony Joshua, for the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world titles on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
But then Miller failed three pre-fight drug tests - coming up positive for banned drugs like EPO, HGH and GW1516.
In the UK, the British Boxing Board of Control is always randomly testing boxers through UKAD [UK Anti-Doping].
Hearn explains that no similar system exists in the United States, and there are even boxing enrolled in the WBC's Clean Boxing program who are not tested on a regular basis - and some not tested at all.
“The more time I spend around American boxing, I do feel the problem is a lot worse over here than it is in the UK,” Hearn said to BoxingScene.com.
“Only because the British Boxing Board of Control have UKAD random testing for fighters, you have absolutely no testing over here. The WBC testing, they’re doing a great job, but they can’t be tested all the time.
“I’ve got guys who have signed with me and signed up to WBC testing, they’ve never been tested. There are fighters out here who are never getting tested until fight night. It just opens the door, there’s no fear of getting caught. With what’s at stake in the sport right now, these people will be cheating to get an edge to win.
“I think there are a lot of champions out there [who are cheating], and it’s got to change. I don’t know if it’s the promoters, I don’t know if it’s the commission, I don’t know if it’s the governing bodies, but someone has got to do something to make sure that at least the title fights are being tested.
“Something is going to happen, someone is going to die, someone is going to get hurt for life, someone is going to get paralysed by a drugs cheat, what happens then? Is that murder? And that could have happened on June 1.”