Cheating Found in All Sports Including Female Boxing
By David A. Avila
An era of cheating has enshrouded the entire sports world from the least profitable to the most lucrative. Even the sport of female prizefighting has been touched by those seeking to gain a winning edge.
Combat sports has one female fighter who has been caught more than once juicing. Despite those discoveries this South American fighter has fought for several promotion companies because of her popularity and continues to thrive in MMA.
Last week in boxing, according to Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), Mexico’s Alejandra Jimenez was detected with traces of banned substances after testing submitted by the Nevada-based organization. The WBC which ordered the testing came forward with the information.
Former WBC heavyweight titlist Jimenez fought WBC and WBO super middleweight titlist Franchon Crews-Dezurn last Jan. 11 in San Antonio, Texas. It was a close battle that saw Crews out-land the bigger Jimenez, but after 10 rounds, two judges scored in favor of the Mexican fighter. Only one judge saw Crews the winner so the titles were handed to Jimenez.
But, after several tests, Jimenez was detected in at least one test with stanozolol a substance on VADA’s banned list. It’s a recognized performance enhancement drug or PED. Often this drug is used by body-builders, it reduces fluid from the body and is also used as a performance enhancement drug in horse racing. Its effects are detected for at least 10 days.
Crews tested clean in all her tests.
In early 2019, the WBC announced it was starting the Clean Boxing Program to test female fighters. Up until last year women were not tested in world title fights though it was obvious that some female fighters were dabbling in PEDs.
After the WBC announced it would be testing women world title fights Delfine Persoon fought Melissa St. Vil in Belgium on March 9 for the WBC lightweight world title. In that fight St. Vil was stopped at the end of the seventh round. For weeks after the fight St. Vil, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, suffered pain in her head. She also revealed that she was never tested though the WBC had proclaimed it was testing all participants in the world title fights. Persoon was also not tested.
In June 1, Persoon fought Katie Taylor in a battle for all the lightweight world title belts. The WBC once again proclaimed it was testing both participants under its Clean Boxing Program. After the furious 10-round fight won by Taylor by majority decision, no test results were forthcoming. Despite repeated requests for results by the Prizefighters.com and TheSweetScience.com, the WBC refused to answer or comply.
Is there a reason?
Boxing or prizefighting is not the only tainted sport. Recently Major League Baseball found that both the 2017 and 2018 World Series Champions Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox cheated by using electronic devices to steal opponent’s signs during games.
Also, in baseball, the Baseball Hall of Fame included numerous players on its ballots for induction to the prestigious institution though many were accused of using PEDs during their careers in the 1990s and 2000s. Despite these findings numerous sportswriters have brazenly voted for these cheaters as if it were a badge of courage to do so.
Cheating is being rewarded.
Why participate in sports if athletes are going to cheat to gain advantage. In the top levels of all sports the athletes all possess almost equal skills. What separates them is the natural strength, speed or agility. PEDs gives those athletes using the banned substances an extraordinary advantage. In the case of female combat sports it is extremely dangerous to the opponent not using PEDs.
The WBC should openly reveal the results of all VADA testing for its world title participants. Also, the other sanctioning organizations such as WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO should also use VADA testing too. Only the WBC is testing female world title fights.
Why wait for a drastic result such as death to occur before using VADA testing?
More Female Fight News
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On Saturday Feb. 1, bantamweights Amy Naert (2-0) and Marine Tollet (1-4) meet in a six round fight at Ingelmunster.
Martinez Vallieres-Bisson (2-0) won by decision after four rounds versus Adilene Martinez (1-1) on Saturday Jan. 25. The super bantamweight fight took place at Montreal.
On Tuesday Jan. 28, super bantamweights Amanda Galle (3-0) and Shelly Barnett (4-2-2) meet eight rounds for the Canadian title at Toronto.
On Friday Jan. 31, super lightweights Vicky Quevedo (0-0) and Angie Barcas (2-13) meet in a four round contest at Santiago.
On Saturday Feb. 1, featherweights Sarah Mahfoud (9-0) and Argentina’s Brenda Carabajal (16-4-1) meet in a 10 round fight for the interim IBF world title at Copenhagen. Also, featherweights Elena Gradinar (9-1) and Nina Pavlovic (5-2-1) meet in an eight round clash.
Victoire Piteau (6-1) defeated Nahed Kharchi (5-4) by decision after eight rounds on Saturday Jan. 25. The French super featherweight title fight was held at Orleans. Also, Justine Lallemand (8-1-1) beat Marie Connan (1-1) by decision after eight rounds for the French flyweight title.
On Friday Jan. 31, bantamweights Elodie Bouchlaka (5-1-2) and Roman Geffray (1-1-1) meet eight rounds for the French boxing title at Nantes.
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On Tuesday Jan. 28, minimumweights Etsuko Tada (19-3-2) and Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1) meet 10 rounds for the WBO world title at Tokyo. Also, bantamweights Kanako Taniyama (2-0-1) and Tomoko Okuda (5-2-2) meet six rounds for the Japanese title at Tokyo.
On Saturday Feb. 1, bantamweights Dorota Norek (4-1) and Roz Silyanova (1-8-1) meet in six three-minute rounds fight at Rokietnica.
On Friday Jan. 31, super featherweights Eftychia Kathopouli (3-1) and Siobhan O’Leary (3-0) meet six rounds at Glenrothes, Scotland. Also, flyweights Emma McCulloch (1-1) and Dani Hodges (5-3) meet in a six round bout.
Amy Lemenager (2-0) won by split decision after four rounds against Leslie Pope (4-1) on Saturday Jan. 25. The middleweight fight was held in Minneapolis, Minn. Pope fights out of Missouri. Lemenager, 21, was the local fighter.
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On Friday Jan. 31, super lightweights Kim Wabik (3-0-2) and Dasha Ragland (0-2) meet in a four round bout. Plus, super lightweights Shayna Foppiano (2-0-1) and Crystal Byers (0-8) meet in another four round bout at Windham, New Hampshire.