Tony Thompson, a boxer, states that steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs should be permitted in boxing. The athlete claims that anti-doping laws and gun laws are identical. Who doesn’t break gun laws? Only good guys do it. As a result, good guys are at a disadvantage. So, the similar situation is linked with anti-doping laws. Just honest athletes don’t use anabolic steroids and/or other performance-enhancing drugs. So, they fight with those that have enhanced their performance with the help of anabolic steroids and other related medications.
It is stated that anabolic steroids are prohibited in sports because they are dangerous. What would you say about boxing in itself? Is boxing safe? The answer is evident.
But it is also claimed that it is necessary to ban steroids and other related drugs in order to make boxing safer. Anabolic steroids and other doping products increase performance. The more increased performance is, the more dangerous rounds are. Although it is true, would you ban anything that promotes performance of boxers? So, you ban anabolic steroids because they enhance performance. Then prohibit trainings as well since they promote performance too! Thus, you will reduce performance while reducing possible risks. What do you think about this condition?
The boxer Tony Thompson also adds that detection tests are not efficacious at all. While a lot of athletes take banned medications, only some of them are caught and suspended. Thus, dopers have unfair advantage over those that obey anti-doping rules. There is no fairness.
Of course, arguments provided by Tony Thompson are reasonable. Anti-doping rules make matches more unfair. Moreover, the prohibition of doping doesn’t make fights safer. Numerous boxers continue to administer anabolic steroids and/or other prohibited substances without being detected. They continue to fight and succeed with the help of doping, while honest guys are at a disadvantage because they keep anti-doping rules.
So, if doping is permitted in boxing, matches will be fairer. Undoubtedly, they will remain unsafe. But they will be at least fair.
The boxer Tony Thompson has been harshly criticized for his statements pro legalization of doping in boxing.