Farce, as revealed, NO anti-doping tests were conducted on professional boxers in the UK during coronavirus locking
- No anti-doping controls have been carried out on professional boxers in the UK when closed
- It turned out that cheats could have been given a free pass to dope for 11 weeks
- Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller tested positive for banned substance
During the coronavirus lockout, no anti-doping test was conducted on a professional boxer in the UK, surprising new figures reveal.
The sport returns under a dark cloud this week after it was revealed that cheats could have used a free pass to dope for 11 weeks, without testing between March 23 and June 9.
Boxing has a long history with drugs, and last week heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller tested positive for a banned substance a year after missing a fight with Anthony Joshua for the same reason.
Last week, heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller tested positive for a banned substance
UK Anti-Doping confirmed on Monday evening that none of the more than 1,000 professional boxers on this coast have been tested since March 23.
It comes after UKAD made the controversial announcement in March that they would scale down their testing program during the pandemic. In total, they performed only 124 tests between April 1 and June 30.
Professional boxers were not the only athletes to avoid critical scrutiny – cycling (1) and rugby union (12) saw only a handful of tests at the time.
Professional boxing returns to the UK on July 10 after the sport returned to Las Vegas in June
Professional boxing returns to the UK on July 10 with a British and Commonwealth title fight between superbantamweights Brad Foster and James Beech.
Miller has declined to take a performance-enhancing drug voluntarily after failing his second drug test in 12 months – claiming the substance was “something that was taken.”
“This is something that has been taken,” said Miller Fight network.
“We don’t know if it was infected, but we’re investigating it from now on. Me and my team are just working hard to get the facts 100 percent clear.
“I have never willingly used a steroid to improve performance.
“Have I taken anything for healing properties, for injury, yes I have. Before a fight to win a fight and during a training camp, no, I’ve never done that before. ‘