After a waiting game that has lasted a few months, junior welterweight boxer Lamont Peterson has been cleared to keep his IBF title after failing his drug test due to anabolic steroids before his since canceled bout with former titlist Amir Khan (per Boxing Scene).
The IBF awarded Peterson the belt even with the failed drug test because the levels were found to be consistent with levels used for therapy purposes. Any levels that would suggest enhancement in testosterone occurred after an independent test was run by the IBF.
Peterson admitted to taking testosterone pellets last year before his first bout with Khan in December of 2011, when he won the IBF bout from Khan. He has to feel good about the findings, as many felt he was a cheat after the positive test.
This news means Peterson can resume his career, which was surging before the drug test dilemma. The first stop on his return to being an elite-level fighter will be against mandatory challenger Zab Judah sometime in the near future.
Judah was awarded the mandatory challenger status by defeating Vernon Paris by TKO in an elimination bout this past March in New York (per USA Today).
The winner of the Peterson-Judah fight would be setting themselves up for a possible unification bout with newly crowned WBA super, Ring and WBC junior welterweight title holder Danny Garcia—who beat Khan after filling Peterson's spot after the failed drug test—sometime next year.
With the recent string of positive drug tests that have rocked the boxing world, it is good to see at least one of those unfortunate events was found to be not of the cheating nature, clearing up one of the controversies in a sport that needs all the good news it can get.
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