Mikaela Mayer claims there’s MORE boxers doping and blames the testing system for creating ‘loopholes’… as she urges for ‘more regular testing’ and ‘bigger consequences than a ‘slap on the wrist’ after Conor Benn saga
- Mikaela Mayer has said a lot more boxers are doping than people may realise
- She said the testing system is creating loopholes that athletes are exploiting
- Mayer said the governing bodies must get on the same page to stamp it out
- Mayer also said needs to ‘more regular testing’ and ‘bigger consequences’
Mikaela Mayer says Conor Benn’s situation has made her realise there are a lot more boxers doping than she first thought and blamed the testing system for creating loopholes for such athletes.
Benn’s highly-anticipated bout with Chris Eubank Jr was postponed after the former tested positive for trace amounts of fertility drug clomiphene, which elevates testosterone levels.
As a result, Mayer says there needs to ‘more regular testing’ and ‘bigger consequences’ for the athletes found doping as a ‘slap on the wrist’ and ‘a rescheduled fight’ will not help combat the issue.
Mikaela Mayer says Conor Benn’s situation made her realise there are a lot more boxers doping
Mayer will face her rival Alycia Baumgardner at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. It will be a historic night for women’s boxing as the event marks the first fully-female card.
Speaking ahead of her showdown with Baumgardner, Mayer said she hopes the Benn situation can ‘be pushed aside’ as she would ‘hate for something so negative to overshadow something so positive for women’s boxing’.
Mayer said: ‘I am hoping it gets pushed aside now as I would hate for something so negative to overshadow something so positive for women’s boxing. We will have to make sure we create a new narrative.’
Benn was due to fight Chris Eubank Jr (left) on October 8 before the scheduled bout was axed
The 26-year-old could be banned after his failed drugs test ahead of his fight with Eubank Jr
When asked to share her experience of being tested, Mayer said: ‘For my last 17 fights as a pro, I have been tested the night before we fight on Saturday. I heard there was going to be more testing for this fight because the title is on the line.
‘But, [there’s been] nothing. It’s an issue. Obviously it’s an issue because if there is one think I learnt from the whole Conor Benn situation is that I was naive to how many people are actually doing it and how easy it is.
‘I learned a lot from everything that has come out. You can take testosterone or a booster and that could only be in your system for seven hours.
‘I think there are a lot of loopholes and a lot of ways to get around it. I didn’t really know there were that many people doing it.
Mayer (left) will face her rival Alycia Baumgardner (right) at the O2 Arena on Saturday night
Mayer said she hopes the Benn situation can ‘be pushed aside’ as she would ‘hate for something so negative to overshadow something so positive for women’s boxing’
‘So, there needs to more regular testing and it needs to equal across the board. You can’t have one governing body doing it one way and another governing body doing it the other way. It needs to be clear cut.
‘There also needs to be more consequences. You can’t just give them a slap on the wrist and reschedule the fight. They are still using. I think everyone needs to get on the same page soon.’
Mayer went on to say that testing was more prevalent in amateur boxing than professional boxing.
The 32-year-old said: ‘I got tested as an amateur a lot. Even more so than I do as a professional athlete’.
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