By Allen Canceran
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Imagine yourself as an up and coming boxer eager to fight anybody “anytime, anywhere”. An eager dollar-eyed promoter takes notice of your murderous amateur record and signs you up to a 3-year contract vowing to make you a global superstar within those 3 years. He shows you his plan which includes fighting at least once a month starting you up with patsies to pad your record and inserting once in a while a boxer who you recognize as not a “no-name” brand.
Meanwhile, Floyd “Level-Playing-Field” Mayweather, Jr. just succeeded in ousting Keith Kizer as Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission or NSAC. First on his agenda as mafia boss is to implement an across the board Olympic style blood testing in professional boxing in the state of Nevada. It is mandatory that all boxing matches should have unlimited random blood testing up unto the day of the fight or after. Urine tests were also required and sent to the Juan Manuel Marquez laboratories in Mexico where they taste-test every urine for hidden performance enhancer designer drugs. The Oscar Ring magazine hails the new NSAC czar as a trailblazer in the sports of boxing. From his blog he stated “There is no one better to head the NSAC than pretty boy who has shown by fine example in the last 3 years of his boxing career has allowed himself to be blood tested olympic style. Those two fights of pretty boy showed to the world that a level playing field in boxing could be achieved.” Floyd in another interview thanked Oscar for “riding (his) dick” all these years.
Three…two…one…(snap!) Stop imagining. What I showed you is not funny at all. Floyd who fights once in a year (or twice if you’re lucky) has all the leisure in shouting to the world the need for olympic style blood testing in boxing. While he has the leisure of fighting once and earning tens of millions, the average boxer would need to fight more often to build up his reputation. A boxer who expects to fight twice or up to three times in a month would find his arms riddled with holes from repeated needle poking. I would not expect such boxer to continue fighting after six months. His career would be over for reasons of physical deformity. In such cases, the Commission cannot back-track and allow that a test be valid for a month for that would contradict the randomness policy which was built to effectively address Pacquiao’s staunch refusal to give blood 24 days before the fight and also immediately after. Random blood testing become trickier and more frequent I would guess as steroid companies become more efficient in developing drugs with half-lives lasting only for a few hours making any drug testing inutile.
As I have said in my previous article (Golden Boy Must Lead the Way to Increase Drug Vigilance in Boxing) if Oscar really believes in Floyd’s campaign to clean up the sport of boxing so as to achieve a “level playing field” then he should start letting himself and his stable of boxers to be randomly blood tested for each fight regardless if the opponent would allow themselves to undergo such procedure. He should also clean his closet of all skeletons by signing a waiver that would allow the public to scrutinize the drug testing records of every fighter from GBP, including Oscar himself.
As you see, it takes very little effort to write from a blog criticizing another fighter to submit to random blood testing if he has “nothing to hide”. But to actually believe and live what you’re saying, that takes some seeing to believing from the watching public.
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