MANILA, Philippines – British boxer and former light welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan is calling for stricter rules regarding drug testing in boxing after some high-profile boxers tested positive for banned substances.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Khan revealed that he fears “there are a lot of boxers out there who might be taking it,” referring to illegal substances.
“We need to clean up this sport and that is what’s happening now... I hope the situation does clean itself up,” Khan said.
Khan was supposed to fight Lamont Peterson in a rematch last May, but the American boxer tested positive for synthetic testosterone, causing the fight to be cancelled.
A few weeks later, welterweight fighter Andre Berto also tested positive, which scrapped his scheduled rematch with Victor Ortiz.
Cruiserweight boxer Antonio Tarver has also failed a drug test.
“All these fighters are getting caught,” Khan said. “Since the Lamont Peterson issue, so many fighters have been caught.”
“Lamont was the first guy to get caught recently and since then we’ve had Andre Berto, Antonio Tarver and people like that. We’ve had top-class world champions and former world champions being caught,” he added.
“It’s bad. How many other people are on this stuff? You just don’t know.”
Khan commended unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has been demanding random urine and blood testing of his opponents, and super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, who submitted himself to year-round drug testing.
“They can test me too, because in the UK (United Kingdom) we do that. They test me even during my time off,” Khan said.
“I always have to tell the professional board where I’m going to be and they can come and test me any time, randomly. It’s happened to me four or five times already,” he added.
“I think every fighter should be tested outside of competition.”
Khan will battle unbeaten WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia on July 14. Both fighters submitted themselves to random blood and urine testing prior to their fight.