Khan, Garcia to be tested by USADA
MANILA, Philippines – Light-welterweight boxers Amir “King” Khan of Britain and Danny Garcia of the United States will undergo random drug testing conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) ahead of their July 14 fight.
Khan told RingTV that he and Garcia agreed to undergo the random drug tests during their training camps as well as before the fight itself.
“The drug testing is being done by USADA... We’re being tested randomly, not knowing when they’re going to turn up on your doorstep or at the gym or wherever you are,” Khan said.
“We’ve been tested in camp, and we’ll be tested before the fight,” he added.
Khan was initially supposed to fight American Lamont Peterson in a rematch for the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles, but that fight fell through when Peterson failed a drug test, which was conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Khan said that “USADA and VADA do the same thing,” which is to test for illegal substances. The fighter thus left it to his team and Golden Boy Promotions to decide which particular agency to use for his fight against Garcia.
The WBA has since stripped Peterson of the light-welterweight belt, and it will now be on the line during the bout. Garcia will also be defending his World Boxing Council light welterweight title.
“I’m glad both titles will be on the line now. That makes it more exciting. It makes the fight even bigger,” Khan said. “We just hope that the IBF may do the same thing and put that title on the line as well, which would help us promote this as even more of a unification fight.”
According to RingTV, the IBF has yet to review the Peterson-Khan fight, which took place in Washington DC last December.
The IBF said they will make their decision regarding their light-welterweight belt once they receive Peterson’s medical records, which will be reviewed by IBF president Daryl Peoples and an organization-appointed physician.