Yesterday, it was revealed that the Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan championship rematch, set for May 19 in Las Vegas, was in jeopardy due to Peterson testing positive for a banned substance.
Today it was reveled that the substance in question was something called a “testosterone pellet,” a pellet that can be surgically implanted or absorbed through the skin, used primarily in a variety of hormone treatments.
This is the description of the substance in by Dr. Jennifer Landa of Fox News.com (Emphasis is mine)
“Testosterone delivered by pellet implant, has been used to treat migraines and menstrual headaches. It may also be an effective treatment for vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well-being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration. Testosterone pellets increase lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decrease fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which have been associated with low testosterone levels.
In men, testosterone pellet therapy can improve erectile dysfunction and ensure regardless of age, you can keep up with your high-profile job and those youthful co-workers walking through the door. Low testosterone is among the most common issues facing the aging male. It affects multiple aspects of their lives, including sex drive, incontinence and maintenance of muscle mass.”
However, according to AAG Health, an anti-aging clinic that specializes in hormone replacement therapy, testosterone pellets “are not considered to be safe or effective for the enhancement of athletic performance.”
Whatever the case, WBA/IBF junior welterweight titlist, Peterson admitted to using this substance, prescribed to him by a Las Vegas doctor, and also stated that he had used the same hormone replacement treatment prior to his first title-winning first bout with Khan last December.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is due to make a decision on Peterson’s eligibility for the May 19 bout shortly, but executive director, Keith Kizer, has already gone on record as saying that, as of right now, Peterson is not a licensed fighter in the state of Nevada. Golden Boy, the promoter of the bout, is also said to be looking for a suitable replacement to fill in for Peterson against their fighter, Khan.
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