Lamont Peterson's Drug Tests: Explanation of Why He Took Synthetic Testosterone

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Lamont Peterson listens during a press conference for the upcoming fight between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan at the W Hotel on March 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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Early yesterday evening, shocking news broke out that current unified IBF and WBA junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1 15 KOs) tested positive in a VADA test for synthetic testosterone, a banned substance.

Peterson won both belts from Amir Khan (26-2 18KOs) in a controversial decision last December in Washington D.C.

The rematch is now in danger of being cancelled due to Peterson losing his licence to fight in the state of Nevada. Richard Schaefer said that the rematch is still on for now, but anything could happen from now to next week.

Several opponents have been rumored to take Peterson's spot if the fight officially falls apart, such as IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez and welterweight journeyman Carson Jones.

Shortly after the news broke, Peterson's team started damage control to try and make a clear explanation as to why this happened, and wrote a letter to the NSAC explaining why Peterson tested positive.

Lance Pugmire, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, recently revealed, via Twitter, some of the details in the letter. Here are some tweets about its contents:

"Lance Pugmire ‏ @latimespugmire
Lamont Peterson needed the testosterone because he had a "substantial testosterone insuffiency," his attorney tells Nevada commission."

"Lance Pugmire ‏ @latimespugmire
Letter says Peterson told this to tester VADA, a point that appears to be in dispute. "It may have been an approved exemption," letter says."

"Lance Pugmire ‏ @latimespugmire
Any failure to communicate this insufficiency to VADA, Peterson attorney says, was "absolutely inadvertent." "

"Chris Mannix ‏ @ChrisMannixSI
People close to Lamont Peterson insist his testosterone deficiency is legit and that any miscommunication with VADA was inadvertent."

Basically, the reason that Peterson's team gave to the NSAC is that Peterson has a testosterone deficiency and he took it for medical reasons. This explains earlier tweets where Peterson's team said that they were working with doctors to clear his name:

"Steve Kim ‏ @stevemaxboxing
That while they respect VADA and their efforts and the NSAC, they are working with doctors and other experts to clear Lamont's name #boxing"

So, the reason for Peterson's use is out and all that's left is to see if the fight will still go on or if it will be cancelled amid the controversy.