Lamont Peterson: Failed Drug Test Is Devastating Blow to Boxing World

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Lamont Peterson and Amir Kahn pose for a photo 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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The boxing world took a big hit recently when Lamont Peterson's fight with Amir Khan was cancelled because of a failed drug test. This negative attention is something the sport did not need right now as it battles with the mixed martial arts world. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, Peterson tested positive for testosterone. He claims he began using it in November for therapeutic reasons but never told the testing agency. 

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told the paper that he will now push to get Peterson's close December victory over Khan ruled as a no-contest. 

Peterson and Khan were scheduled to have their world junior-welterweight title rematch on May 19, but boxing fans are now left with nothing. The first time these two fought, it ended in a controversial split decision. This was a highly-anticipated rematch where many were expecting Khan to get his revenge. 

Boxing needs each of its big fights to be hyped a great deal and then for the fighters to deliver a great performance. With Peterson holding the belt, it looks incredibly poor on the boxing world that a title holder failed a drug test. 

It wouldn't be as big of a blow if this weren't a title fight, and it hurts even more since it was a rematch. 

Boxing will hope that the remaining big fights this summer will be epic, because the loss of this title fight due to drugs does not look good.