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Sherdog’s James Kinneen serves up the biggest stories from what was
a strange week in boxing, including PED admissions, matchups and
screw-ups.

St. John Admits PED Usage

Former women’s boxing champion and onetime Playboy playmate Mia St. John
acknowledged that she used performance enhancing drugs during her
career, then threw the boxing world in a frenzy by tweeting that
“Everyone does [PEDs] and everyone in boxing knows it.”

Considering we’re one month away from the biggest fight of the
year, in which one of the fighters has already tested positive for
a performance enhancing drug, this was not the best time for these
comments to come out. To be frank, the only thing that kept this
tweet from going viral in mainstream sports media was that St. John
was not a bigger name in boxing, otherwise this admission had
disaster written all over it.

Charges Against Taylor Dropped, Charges Against Tarver
Made

A couple of ex-champions had brushes with the law this week.
Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor had charges against him dropped after the woman who
accused him cut off all contact with the authorities
. Taylor
had been charged with a felony terroristic threatening charge and
misdemeanor domestic battery charge, after he was accused of biting
the woman and threatening her life.

Antonio Tarver, on the other hand was recently charged with domestic battery after he
allegedly punched his stepson in the face
, leading to the 18
year-old bleeding from the mouth. Reportedly, the incident started
over Tarver’s stepson not having enough money to cover a meal at
Waffle House, with Tarver using the excuse that his stepson was
bleeding because he tripped and fell. A professional boxer punching
an untrained young man is terrible, and for a man
who famously hates excuses
, Tarver’s explanation was
laughable.

De La Hoya Wants Canelo-Spence “Superfight”

While for weeks the talk of boxing has been a potential matchup between Mikey Garcia and Errol
Spence Jr
., Oscar De La Hoya is arguing that Spence should be fighting Canelo
Alvarez instead
. De La Hoya said, “Canelo is always willing and
ready to face the very best and I believe Errol Spence can come up
a couple weight divisions and challenge a fighter like Canelo and
that’ll be a superfight.”

With Canelo having spent two years as a legitimate middleweight
(after having invented a 155-pound “Caneloweight” while holding the
middleweight title), it is unclear what kind of division this fight
could take place in. Spence jumping two weight classes to fight
someone as good as Canelo is as stupid as Garcia jumping two weight
classes to fight someone as good as Spence. Both will probably
happen.

Malignaggi Still Fighting (Verbally) With McGregor

This week, Conor
McGregor
decided to tweet a picture of his “knockdown” of
Paulie Malignaggi during their sparring session last year with the
caption “time flies when you’re on your ass.” Malignaggi responded
by once again, arguing he destroyed McGregor in sparring, the tape
was highly doctored, and that Conor had “no balls” and would look
for a way out against Khabib Nurgamedov
as he did against Nate
Diaz. Both men should have moved on from this incident, but with
the world obsessing over supposed “Apprentice N-word tapes” and
“Russian pee tapes” the full footage of that sparring session may
be the sport’s world’s most compelling piece of film.

Wilder Definitely Going to Belfast

Deontay Wilder is making the trip to Belfast, where
it is believed he will be seated ringside for Tyson Fury’s fight
with Francesco Pianeta
. Now, this combined with the recurring rumors that a fight between the “Bronze
Bomber” and the “King of the Gypsies” is imminent
should get
fans excited that the matchup is happening. However, we have seen
a post-fight confrontation between Wilder and Fury
before
, and considering two years have passed with no fight
since that incident, we should be cautiously optimistic this will
result in anything more definitive.

Marquez Becomes Trainer for Diaz Against Sor Rungvisai

Although it is still not a great fight for someone
as good as Sor Rungvisai
, the matchup between WBC super
flyweight champion and Mexican journeyman (14-2-3) Iran Diaz got a
little more intriguing this week, as Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez agreed to train
Diaz for the fight
. Marquez is an all-time great fighter,
having beaten guys like Manny Pacquiao, Marco Antonio Barrera and
Orlando Salido, so he will undeniably bring decades of boxing
knowledge to Diaz. The only question is, will he force Diaz to
adopt some of his more
unorthodox training techniques
?

Englishman Nearly Dies After “White Collar Boxing” Event

In Southampton England, a man nearly died after suffering two strokes after
a so-called white-collar amateur boxing match
. While his
opponent also had no boxing experience, he had (unknown to his
opponent) allegedly been doing mixed martial arts for years and was
therefore far more prepared for the match than his record
indicated.

This incident highlights how dangerous these amateur boxing events
are. Years after “Toughman” contests fell out of favor, events like
the Barstool Sports endorsed “Rough n Rowdy” series
are becoming popular again in America. The appeal of watching
average Joes box when I could watch the most talented boxers in the
world doesn’t not appeal to me, but for the apparently huge numbers
of people who do like that sort of thing, this incident should act
as a reminder that there can be real consequences when
organizations don’t research their participants well enough.


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