By Tom Gray: In yet another case of drug accusations the former WBC welterweight champion, Andre Berto, has suggested that Victor Ortiz dabbled in performance enhancing drugs prior to their classic encounter this past April.
The following statements appeared on Twitter from the 27 year old;
“Yo this is the main question I get from fans and boxing people. Did they drug test Ortiz?”
“Let me clear the air now!! Your right there is a reason why Ortiz had so much energy, a reason he could take my heavy shots and keep ticking.”
“N there is a reason why he came into the ring 165 pounds. I know people close to him and his camp and I know exactly we he was taking”
“It wasn’t Flintstone vitamins!! But it is what it is I should of beat him anyways but it wasn’t me that night. Ortiz wasn’t him either lol”
Floyd Mayweather’s command of media attention has magnified the threat of performance enhancing drugs within boxing over the last couple of years. However, the sport is now suffering when a fighter of Berto’s stature uses a social networking site to highlight what he perceives to have been cheating in such a big contest.
This reporter suggests that any concerns relating to illegal drugs use within boxing should be brought forward with strong evidence and pursued through the proper channels. Last month Jean Pascal had t-shirts made up, prior to his rematch with Bernard Hopkins, which stated; “Take the Test”. This was done with absolutely no foundation and I considered that particular accusation extremely disrespectful to Hopkins, who is regarded as one of the cleanest living athletes in all of sports.
Someone should step in to make sure the sport is not damaged irreparably.
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June 1, 2011