Andre Berto Tests Positive, Rematch with Ortiz Cancelled
- Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:00 PM
WINTER HAVEN, USA (defend.ht) - Former Welterweight Champion Andre Berto tested positive for steroids and the June 23rd rematch with Victor Ortiz has been canceled. Berto has denied using any banned substances and is seeking to open an investigation.
In an anti-doping test Andre Berto tested positive for the banned substance called norandrosterone a source told ESPN.com. The president of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com that the fight scheduled for June 23rd would be cancelled.
Promoter LouDiBella told ESPN that he was not sure of the substance that Berto had tested positive for, but confirmed the result. "He tested positive. I heard [just now]," DiBella said. "I have nothing to say. I have all the details, so I have nothing to say."
"This is a very uncomfortable situation, but at the same time, no place in boxing for any performance enhancing drugs . Berto I'm not accusing anything, but this happens when you want to clean your sport and you agree as a fighter and as a promoter to perform such procedures. I hope that this will lead athletes to be more careful about what they eat, drink or eat. All the world needs to be educated more about what is allowed and what is not. But if that forces us to cancel three or four of our fights, it will. should be zero tolerance with the use of prohibited substances," DiBella continued.
Berto is denying using the banned substances "Right now, I can not explain the result of the positive test, which gave as part of the voluntary anti-doping, in which I agreed to participate in," Berto said in a statement.
"I know I have never used any steroids or other banned substance, and I am investigating the causes of the positive result with my attorney Howard Jacobs. I have never cheated, and all of my successes have been the product of hard work and dedication."