The International Boxing Federation has decided that
Lamont Peterson will keep the organization’s Junior Welterweight
title, which he won from Amir Khan on December 10, 2011. The
organization’s decision is based on the findings reported by an
independent physician, certified in internal medicine and
endocrinology, retained by the IBF to review Peterson’s medical
records in relation to the information disclosed in the VADA report
released this past May.
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 Peterson’s
camp of the findings established in this independent review and of
his status as the organization’s Junior Welterweight Champion.
Moreover, the camp was advised that Lamont Peterson must now make a
mandatory defense of his title against Zab Judah, who won the
elimination bout for the number one position in the IBF Junior
Welterweight ratings on March 24, 2012. Peterson’s mandatory
defense should have taken place on or before September 10, 2012 but
was delayed pending the receipt of the endocrinologist’s report.
The IBF has ordered the respective camps into negotiations for this
bout, which is now expected to take place as soon as possible on a
date that all parties involved agree upon.
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