Lamont Peterson has tested positive for a banned substance meaning that his planned re-match with Amir Khan (scheduled for 19th May) is now in doubt.
The pair are due to fight for a second time at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered a re-match after the American won controversially in his hometown of Wahington on 10th December.
However, the second bout now looks to be in jeopardy after Peterson, who along with Khan agreed to be randomly drug tested for blood and urine by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) ahead of the clash, reportedly gave a urine sample on March 19th which tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
Peterson’s representatives said in a statement after the positive test that Peterson had never tested positive before or after the initial failed test for any banned substances and that they would would work with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, pathologists, VADA and other medical specialists to try to ascertain the origin of the failed test result.
Asked whether or not the re-match was on, Khan’s management confirmed their belief that it was on and that they had been informed that Peterson had failed the test based on something he had previously taken before the initial fight, having failed the VADA test in March.