“F**k Boxing”: Renowned Promoter Lashes Out at WBC for Their “Not Guilty” Verdict on Alycia Baumgardner’s Doping Fiasco

Published 01/16/2024, 6:29 AM EST

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This doping saga has taken center stage, again. At its heart, Alycia Baumgardner, the WBC Super Featherweight World Champion. Her recent clearance from a PED scandal has sparked a storm. But it’s not the verdict that’s making waves.

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Instead, it’s a fiery outburst from renowned promoter Lou DiBella. His explicit tweet slams the boxing world, hinting at deep-rooted issues in the sport. DiBella’s frustration points to more than Baumgardner’s case. Why is he outraged? What’s so unsettling about the WBC’s decision?

Is WBC inconsistent yet again?

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Alycia Baumgardner’s doping case has been a focal point in the boxing world. The saga began with Baumgardner testing positive for banned substances after her victory over Christina Linardatou. However, the World Boxing Council (WBC) recently concluded their investigation with a controversial decision. They found Baumgardner “not guilty of intentional ingestion or consumption of a banned substance for performance enhancement purposes.” This ruling has reinstated her as the reigning WBC Super Featherweight World Champion.

Amidst this decision, renowned promoter Lou DiBella expressed his exasperation. He took to Twitter, openly criticizing the sport’s approach to doping regulation. DiBella’s statement was blunt and provocative: “Not guilty of ‘INTENTIONAL INGESTION’???? I can’t. F**k #boxing. Let’s stop making believe that there is any PED regulation in boxing. Nothing is consistent, enforced, rational, or CLEAN.” His words echo a sentiment of frustration and disillusionment with the current state of PED regulation in boxing.

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Furthermore, DiBella’s tweet points to a deeper issue. It questions the efficacy and transparency of the regulatory processes within the sport. His outburst reflects a broader concern about the integrity of boxing and the enforcement of its rules. This statement from a figure as influential as DiBella has undeniably added fuel to the ongoing debate about doping in boxing.

But what did Alycia have to say about the statement?

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Alycia Baumgardner felt her patience was truly tested

Alycia Baumgardner, visibly emotional, took to social media to express her feelings following the WBC’s exoneration. Overwhelmed with relief, the 29-year-old champion wrote, “Thank you Jesus!! The weight that’s been lifted off me.” This sentiment captured her struggle throughout the doping allegations.

Baumgardner, grateful for the support she received, acknowledged, “The patience I had to have during this whole ordeal has been very testing. But I kept my faith in the Lord… thankful for my team and for the people who have supported me through this. My integrity outshines the wickedness.” In a triumphant conclusion to her posts, Baumgardner declared, “NOT GUILTY!” accompanied by “Happy tears!” Her journey to vindication, albeit challenging, reignites hope for her future bouts, including a highly anticipated matchup against Claressa Shields.

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This case not only challenges the integrity of boxing’s regulatory framework but also sparks a crucial conversation about transparency and consistency in sports governance. As we reflect on these events, one must ponder: How can the sport of boxing evolve to ensure fairness and uphold its ethical standards?

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