With Khan-Peterson II less than two weeks away on May 19, reports Monday night indicate that Lamont Peterson tested positive for a banned substance. It is still unclear just what particular banned substance that is, but Peterson's attorney did issue a brief statement, via Dan Rafael of ESPN:
'We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result.'
The rematch was prompted by the controversy surrounding the first fight, after Peterson won the WBA and IBF light-welterweight title by points in December in his hometown of DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This news will now certainly add another cloud of controversy to the rematch, which may now be in doubt due to the positive test. Rafael tweeted that it was unclear how the positive test would affect the rematch.
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