Mosley in Favor of Testing, But Doesn't Like Interference

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:

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.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by edgarg on 04-26-2012

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;12048221]Yea I'd agree with Mosley they shouldn't be hindering training, sleep or anything in regards to the fighter getting in the best possible shape they can. I don't know how long it takes to do this testing, but it…

Comment by edgarg on 04-26-2012

[QUOTE=HazeAnatomy;12047155]All These Fighters More than willing to do Random Blood/Urine test, yet it took Manny Pacquiao 3 yrs to agree to it and Still hasnt actually done it. its more than obvious that he at some point was Juicing. Not…

Comment by V.WEBB on 04-26-2012

[QUOTE=Fighting Pride;12048283][B]That's my problem with random OSDT aswell, the fact USADA could show up anytime and as many times as they please and disrupt a boxer's training and preparation.[/B] Boxing is not like other sports, boxers literally have their life…

Comment by V.WEBB on 04-26-2012

Shane, you're irrelevant, just go away. Interference? Give me a break.

Comment by mathed on 04-26-2012

[QUOTE=hhs661;12046905]i saw this an episode where usada waited for him to wait til the end of his entire workout to test him. Even with that he wasn't able to piss so they sat around til he could. Wasn't much interference…

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