- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former junior welterweight titlist Kendall Holt put out a statement to react to the fact that his urine sample came back with an “atypical finding” following his eighth-round knockout loss to titleholder Lamont Peterson on Feb. 22 in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, D.C.
Holt's sample showed the presence of the banned substance human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
However, the test is not technically a failed test, just a result that was not normal. Having hCG show up could be an indicator of the presence of cancer. Holt addressed the situation in a carefully worded statement, undoubtedly crafted by his attorney, Pat English.
Here is Holt’s statement in its entirety:
“First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I did not knowingly take any PED, nor do I believe I unknowingly took any PED.
“The facts are as follows: My camp, at my instruction, requested (World Anti-Doping Association)-level testing in connection with my bout with Lamont Peterson. Post-bout urine samples were sent to the WADA accredited laboratory testing lab in Salt Lake City.
“We repeatedly attempted to obtain the lab results from the D.C. Commission, with no success until (Thursday). We did, however, receive an email from the commission stating that both fighters had passed their test. Nonetheless we wanted the actual lab results.
(Thursday) we received those lab results. The lab results were not identified by fighter but one of the results showed an elevated HCG level. It was labeled as an ‘atypical finding.’
There are three levels of findings for WADA testing. There is a ‘negative’ finding, meaning that the athlete has tested ‘negative’ for prohibited substances, there is an ‘adverse analytical finding,’ meaning that there is a prohibited substance, and there is an ‘atypical finding,’ meaning there should be further investigation. In part, this is because there are certain medical conditions, which can cause elevated hCG levels.
We briefly believed that the test involved was that of Mr. Peterson. In fact it may be mine. At this point, we do not have a full chain of custody report, which we will obtain. We will also, once the full chain of custody report is obtained, have the ‘B’ sample tested. Finally, when that is completed we will have the medical tests as indicated by the results.”