The professional boxer Andre Berto tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. This athlete was tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
This boxer was scheduled to meet Victor Ortiz on June 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. This boxer agreed to submit to random drug testing before the fight. Both “A” and “B” urine samples indicated about usage of Nandrolone.
It was already the second time this month, when the VADA tested fighters and caught them utilizing steroids. The first boxer that tested positive this month due to tests conducted by the VADA was Lamont Peterson. He had to fight against Amir Khan. It is quite ironically that Peterson requested random blood and urine testing. The drug test conducted by the VADA indicated that Peterson had testosterone of exogenous origin some weeks before the match.
The tests conducted by the VADA impacted on financial position of certain companies obviously. For example, Golden Boy Promotions lost significant potential profit due to Lamont Peterson’s positives. It was determined by the CEO of the company Richard Schaeffer that the company lost 250, 000 dollars.
The cancelation of the fight between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz will probably not influence greatly on financial position of certain promotional companies because Andre Berto will be possibly replaced by another boxer who will meet Ortiz.
Berto didn’t explain why he tested positive. This boxer hired the attorney Howard Jacobs who would represent and defeat him.
Andre Berto noted that he had never taken steroids. Thus, he confirmed that he investigated with his attorney what could cause positives for steroids. Berto concluded that he had never cheated; he succeeded in sport because of hard work and dedication.
The attorney Howard Jacobs defeated numerous other sportspersons who turned out to be victims of contaminated food supplements.
It is claimed that since the steroid Nandrolone has too long half life and it is detected easily, it isn’t very popular among dopers. But it has been defined many times that some nutritional supplements contained the substance nandrolone which caused positives for steroids. But since sometimes not each compound is listed on the label, athletes become victims of contaminated sport supplements.