The Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson rematch, just 11 days away, appears to be in doubt after reports Monday night revealed that Peterson tested positive for a banned substance. Those reports have now been supplemented, as Steve Karp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the substance was synthetic testosterone. Via @SteveCarpRJ:
Peterson was found to have synthetic testosterone in his system according to tests conducted by VADA in March.— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) May 8, 2012
Peterson's team, meanwhile, has issued a statement vigorously defending the DC native. In their statement, they indicated that they would submit medical findings on Tuesday to support their claims. Via Bad Left Hook:
"We have tremendous respect for VADA and its mission. Lamont, Barry & the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible. We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the rules of the NSAC. Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence, and we plan to submit medical findings by close of Tue. reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont's good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission."
Steve Kim of Max Boxing reported that Khan was still training as if the fight would go on, scheduled for May 19 at Mandalay Bay.
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