Boxing has a doping problem | Sunday Observer

Boxing has a doping problem

13 August, 2023
Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua says boxing “clearly has a problem” with doping after Dillian Whyte failed a voluntary drugs test and was pulled out of the all-British heavyweight contest.

Asked by BBC Sport if boxing has an issue with doping, Joshua said: “I don’t know how they’re going to sort it out or what their solution is to this problem. But it clearly has a problem.”

For the third time in 12 months, boxing is facing serious questions about the sport’s credibility and its anti-doping protocols.

In October last year Conor Benn’s bout with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled in fight week after it emerged Benn had failed two voluntary drug tests. Benn has always protested his innocence, as does Whyte.

Amir Khan was banned for two years after an anti-doping test revealed the presence of a banned substance following his fight against Kell Brook in February 2022.

The case was not heard by an independent tribunal until January 2023.

(BBC Sport)