Oscar De La Hoya thinks doping should be taken more seriously in boxing than in any other sport.
This comes in the wake of Conor Benn failing two drug tests in preparation for his scheduled fight with Chris Eubank Jr in October.
The pair were supposed to face off at London’s O2 Arena on October 8, but Benn tested positive for the banned substance, Clomiphene, in two separate VADA (voluntary anti-doping association) tests.
Clomiphene is typically used as a fertility drug for women, but it can also be used to increase testosterone levels in men.
Benn has since voluntarily surrendered his boxing license to the British Boxing Board of Control, the organization that banned his fight with Eubank Jr from continuing.
That being said, Benn protested his innocence, saying he was a “clean athlete” and that the failed tests must have come from food or drink contamination.
There have been plenty of opinions from inside the boxing world about the situation and now former six-weight world champion and current promoter Oscar De La Hoya has weighed in.
“Anyone who cheats in any sport is banned in my book, that’s just the end result,” De La Hoya told Boxing Social.
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“It’s not baseball, where you hit a ball, it’s not football, where you score a touchdown, it’s not tennis, you hit somebody’s head.
“You’re crushing someone’s brain, so if you fail a test, it’s illegal.
“So I’m sorry, I love fighters, I’m for fighters, but then if you fail a test you shouldn’t fight.”
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