The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has ruled that DC's Lamont Peterson will remain the federation's Junior Welterweight champion. The IBF's ruling was based on the findings of an independent physician who is certified in internal medicine and endocrinology who reviewed Peterson's medical records that were sent to the Volunteer Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) in May. Peterson won both the IBF and WBA titles from Amir Khan in Washington, DC on December 10, 2011. The WBA stripped Peterson of their version of the title because of the positive test for synthetic testosterone.
From the IBF's press release: "The physician was asked by the IBF to provide an opinion as to whether
the levels of testosterone noted in the VADA report appeared to be
consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone, or for performance
enhancing purposes. Additionally, the physician was asked to confer on
whether these levels of testosterone would have enhanced Lamont
Peterson’s training for and performance during the bout on December 10,
2011, and for his training for the bout scheduled for May 19, 2012.
After concluding the review of all the documentation provided by
Peterson’s camp and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the physician
determined that the testosterone levels noted in the VADA report are
consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone and not for the
purpose of performance enhancement. Therefore, these levels would not
have enhanced Lamont Peterson’s training for or performance during the
bout on December 10, 2011. Nor for his training for the bout that was
schedule for May 19, 2012, as a specimen collected by VADA on April 13,
2012 tested negative on May 2, 2012."
The IBF has advised the Peterson camp of these findings and also told the camp that they must make a mandatory title defense against the number one contender -- former world champion Zab "Super" Judah. The bout should have taken place before September 10, but that date was postponed pending the receipt of the endocrinologist's report. The IBF has ordered immediate negotiations for a date and location for a bout that will take place as soon as all parties agree to the conditions.
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