MANILA, Philippines – A Sports Illustrated analyst believes former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba has nothing to worry about despite being included in a list of athletes accused of buying performance enhancing drugs from a Miami anti-aging clinic.
In his column “Quick Jabs,” Chris Mannix said that even if the allegations were true, there is little incentive for Gamboa to stop using the steroids.
“While the Major League Baseball investigates the players who were named in the report, Gamboa has nothing to worry about,” Mannix said.
“That’s because boxing – with one of the worst drug testing systems of any major sport – will not retroactively punish a fighter, nor will it do any kind of investigation,” he added.
“In fact, if Gamboa... has been using something, there is little incentive for him to stop. Clearly, the arcane testing by state athletic commissions isn’t catching him.”
Mannix noted that Gamboa tested clean for PEDs following his December 2012 bout against veteran Filipino boxer Michael Farenas.
Gamboa, a former Olympic gold medalist, was named by the Miami New Times as one of the athletes who paid for PEDs from the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. The Cuban reportedly used protein powders, human growth hormone, IGF-1 and testosterone creams.
HGH, testosterone creams, and IGF-1, a substance that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth, are all banned ini baseball and other major sports.
Gamboa has remained mum on the issue. His lawyer, Tony Gonzalez, told Boxing Scene that they cannot comment on the situation yet but are “considering what course of action to take.”