Eddie Hearn Opens Up About Alycia Baumgardner’s Failed Doping Test Fiasco

Published 08/17/2023, 11:12 PM EDT

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In a world where punches and jabs define careers, an unexpected twist awaits. In a surreal turn of events, a shadow has been cast on one of its shining stars. Alycia Baumgardner, a name synonymous with tenacity in the ring, is now under an entirely different spotlight.

And no, it isn’t about a knockout punch or a championship title. This tale doesn’t pivot around gloves, but rather lab reports. Doping – an alien term in her vocabulary, or so we thought. The waters are murky, opinions divided, and truth elusive. Yet, when the storm brews, some voices command attention. Eddie Hearn’s voice, in particular, is one that resonates.

Eddie Hearn breaks the silence: Behind Baumgardner’s test results


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In the heart of every sport lies the unyielding principle of fair play. Boxing, with its grit and glory, remains no exception. Recently, however, this foundational tenet faced a staggering challenge. Alycia Baumgardner, heralded as one of the sport’s bright stars, found her name embroiled in controversy. The cause? An “adverse analytical finding” from an anti-doping test conducted prior to her last bout. The shockwaves from this revelation resonated far and wide, prompting reactions from every corner of the boxing community.


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Seizing the moment to address the murmurs and bring clarity to the situation, Eddie Hearn, the charismatic head of Matchroom Boxing, stepped forward. He remarked, “We are proactively ramping up the testing procedures. We’re investing more money than ever in additional testing. So you’re going to see more adverse findings because of the level of testing that Matchroom are operating at.” Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of due process, stating, “Sometimes there’s a big investigation to begin and every fighter will get the opportunity to clear their name.”


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Delving deeper, Hearn expressed his personal involvement, “I have spoken to her and also the procedure, as we know, is confidential.” Nevertheless, he emphasized the importance of transparency, saying, “It’s crucial to get the facts out there. In a factual situation that you will receive, you will see that those people, relevant people have information regarding it.”

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Eddie Hearn’s revelations offer a perspective, but the larger canvas of sportsmanship, integrity, and the spirit of the game remains. Amidst the noise, one question lingers, echoing in the corridors of boxing fandom: Where do we draw the line between seeking an edge and crossing it? We invite you, our esteemed readers, to weigh in. What do you believe the future holds for Alycia Baumgardner and the boxing world at large?

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Written by:

Mrinal Mishra


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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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Arijit Saha