‘They’re Evil Geniuses’: Oscar De La Hoya Sounds off on Steroids in the Wake of Conor Benn’s Positive Doping Test

Published 10/12/2022, 10:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

The much-awaited Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn fight faced an unprecedented cancellation following Benn’s positive drug tests on October 5th. Reportedly, Benn was discovered to have been associated with clomifene, a drug that increased testosterone levels in athletes. The match between Benn and Eubank Jr. was scheduled to take place on October 8. However, now it is far from coming to a close.

In the wake of Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr.’s canceled fight, Oscar De La Hoya from the Golden Boy Promotions interacted with FightHype. In detail, De La Hoya spoke about the unfair use [basically, abuse] of steroids. According to him, it was the ‘worst’ that one could do in any sport. However, in boxing, it aimfully endangered one’s life.

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He said, “Steroids is [are] the worst that one can do in this sport. Obviously, in any sport. But, in baseball, you’re hitting a ball, in tennis, you’re swinging a racket, in boxing, you’re smashing somebody’s head.”

Chris Eubank Jr. (R) of Great Britain and his coach and father Chris Eubank (M) stand together after their victory at the super middleweight quarterfinals of the IBO Boxing World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, 7 October 2017. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa (Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Irrespective of the intention behind it – whether one used steroids to gain more endurance or more conditioning, it arguably allowed them to approach the 12th round the same way they fought the first round of the fight.

In De La Hoya’s words, “You’re gonna fight the 12th round the way you fought the first one, and you have a huge advantage. I mean steroids are like should be banned, obviously.

Oscar De La Hoya speaks of stricter rules in boxing

While on the one hand steroids assured one a better performance and impressive conditioning, on the other risked another’s life. Too much of a price to pay in the sport of boxing. Going by his argument, De La Hoya called for stricter rules in pro boxing. However, he also feared the development of science as a threat to the sport.

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Boxing – Conor Benn v Chris Algieri – WBA Continental Welterweight Title – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Britain – December 11, 2021 Conor Benn celebrates with the belt after his win against Chris Algieri Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“We should have stricter rules. But it’s hard because you have the masking steroids, scientists who are always coming up with something new to mask you. They’re evil geniuses. For me, anybody who gets caught with steroids should be banned, immediately,” De La Hoya concluded by saying.

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After Conor Benn failed his drug tests, it resurfaced a series of questions concerning the safety of a fighter in this sport. In fact, Chris Eubank Sr. accused Benn’s managers and promoters of trying to murder his boy.

 

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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