May 19, 3 years ago

Andre Berto: I have never used steroids, my success comes from hard work and dedication

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Andre Berto was recently advised that he tested positive for low levels of 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone or nandrolone precursors. So far, neither Andre Berto nor his lawyer have been provided with any laboratory documentation other than a one page, summary report of the laboratory’s findings. Berto’s lawyer has requested the complete laboratory documentation package, including all chain of custody documentation and scientific data supporting the laboratory’s summary report.

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Berto claims innocence amid positive test controversy. Credit: Phil McCarten – Hoganphotos/ Golden Boy Promotions

Berto issued this statement: “At the present time, I cannot explain the positive drug test, which was provided as part of a voluntary anti-doping program in which I agreed to participate. I know that I have never used any steroids or other banned substances, and I am investigating all possible causes of the positive test with my attorney Howard Jacobs. I have never cheated, and all of my success has come from hard work and dedication.”

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May 19, 3 years ago

Andre Berto tests positive for banned substance, Victor Conte explains ‘no athlete would use nandrolone to cheat’

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The highly-anticipated rematch between former welterweight champions Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto on June 23 has been jeopardised as the latter, a Floridian 28-year-old with a fan-friendly fight style, has registered a positive test result for the steroid norandrosterone, a banned substance. Berto’s nutritionist, Victor Conte, has made numerous comments clarifying the situation. One of which was that the positive result was because of a “clear contamination“.

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Berto v Ortiz was a 2011 classic where two macho savages relentlessly slugged. Credit: Tom Hogan/ Hogan Photos

The April duel Berto (28-1-0, 22ko) and Ortiz (29-3-2, 22ko) contested in April, 2011 was one of last year’s most thrilling with multiple knockdowns scored in a competitive encounter that Ortiz edged, wresting the WBC title away from Andre’s waist. Ortiz went on to book himself a match with the most lucrative opponent in boxing – Floyd Mayweather – who he dropped a fourth round knockout loss to, while Berto bounced back from the Ortiz defeat by retiring teak tough Slovenian Jan Zaveck.

Golden Boy Promotions were swift in pairing Ortiz and Berto back together but, in less than a fortnight on from the cancellation of the Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan rematch due to the former’s failed test, Golden Boy are set to lose out again, as CEO Richard Schaefer explained to ESPN: “I was informed late Saturday of the ‘A’ sample testing positive and urged an immediate testing of the ‘B’ sample. We just got the results that the ‘B’ sample tested positive as well [and] obviously, we are disappointed.”

Berto and Ortiz’s second fight, to be staged at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, was initially slated to occur earlier in the year but a bicep injury to Berto forced a postponement. The pair were contractually bound to have blood and urine routinely tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and, despite Berto’s test, it has been speculated that Berto’s rehabilitation from injury may have scored a false positive.

Also, nutritionist Conte, who was infamously embroiled in the BALCO scandal but has since moved to redeem his professional character, indicated that there may have been “clear contamination” from a supplement Berto took that he did not tell Conte about.

He also stated: “Sometimes you can’t protect people from themselves. I have advised boxers not to take different supplements [from the ones I prescribe], but they don’t always listen. [Berto took] several different products [but] anybody who believes an elite athlete would use nandrolone with an intent to cheat is uninformed because it stays in your system for a minimum of six to 18 months. [There is] clear contamination in the Berto case.”

He added: “Hundreds of Olympic athletes have testing positive for traces of nandrolone. I do not believe any of them injected it with intent to cheat.”

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Nov 3, 3 years ago

Marquez and Beristain respond to steroid drama: We’ll take the test

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

In light of the revelations that Juan Manuel Marquez enlisted a strength coach with a history of steroid distribution – Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia, now known as Angel Hernandez – to ensure he is in peak condition for his November 12 fight with Manny Pacquiao, both fighter and trainer, Ignacio Nacho Beristain, have reacted positively by issuing a ‘come and test me’ plea should anyone harbour any suspicions over whether he has taken performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

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Nacho Beristain unfazed by any PEDs accusation – Marquez will test. Credit: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

The news was initially broken by Victor Conte, who stated that Hernandez, who was formerly known as Heredia, testified that he supplied steroids to stripped Olympian; Marion Jones.

Renowned trainer Beristain, one of the most respected figures in the coaching of boxers, has overseen Hernandez transforming Marquez’s lightweight build to his current welterweight body and, speaking to the Rope-A-Dope radio show in Spanish, said: “Whoever thinks Marquez is doping is welcome to come to our camp; Juan is willing to be tested at anytime.”

Such a statement was backed by the pugilist himself, who added that he is disappointed that all the hard work and numerous – clean – hours he has put in at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City has now been called into question because of someone’s past, not their present.

Speaking on a media conference call this week, he expressed his thoughts: “When I met [Hernandez], I knew about his background. I was happy and when we talked about what we needed to do, I was fine with him.”

On the press attention it has received, the veteran prizefighter said: “It’s a shame: all the work that I’ve done, how hard I worked for this preparation… all this trash is been thrown at this fight by [Victor] Conte and [Pacquiao's nutritionist and conditioner, Alex] Ariza by saying these things.

“I worked very hard and I am not going to stop training and get ready for the fight,” he added, before concluding: “Whatever testing they want me to do, blood, Olympian, whatever they want me to do, I will do it just as long as he does it too.”

Marquez (53-5-1, 39ko) boxes Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38ko) for the WBO welterweight world championship on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Oct 27, 3 years ago

Anti-doping agency release Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz’s test results

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the body responsible for the Olympic-style blood testing that was contractually agreed upon by welterweight boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz for their September 17 fight, have released their findings regarding the ten separate and random tests that each fighter was subjected to. Nine ‘sample collections’ occurred with no advance notice while the tenth occurred immediately after the Las Vegas contest.

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Athlete Sample Collection Date
Type of Sample
Determination
Floyd Mayweather Jr
July 22, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
July 28, 2011
Urine
Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
August 3, 2011
Urine Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
August 10, 2011
Blood and Urine Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
August 15, 2011
Urine Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
August 23, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
August 29, 2011
Urine Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
September 8, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
September 15, 2011
Urine Negative
Floyd Mayweather Jr
September 17, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Victor Ortiz
July 17, 2011
Urine Negative
Victor Ortiz
July 27, 2011
Urine Negative
Victor Ortiz
August 3, 2011
Urine Negative
Victor Ortiz
August 9, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Victor Ortiz
August 17, 2011
Urine Negative
Victor Ortiz
August 23, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Victor Ortiz
August 29, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Victor Ortiz
August 31, 2011
Urine Negative
Victor Ortiz
September 7, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative
Victor Ortiz
September 17, 2011
Blood and Urine
Negative

Results table for random blood and urine testing. Credit: USADA.

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