No Dope About It

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: April 23, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — The epic showdown between defending WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) and unbeaten former world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (40-0, 25 KOs) is fast approaching.

The two will meet next Saturday, May 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. There are only a few tickets remaining through www.ticketmaster.com , but “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Pickin?” can be seen exclusively on HBO Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

The suggested retail price is $49.95. One of the provisions agreed upon by both fighters is to undergo Olympic style drug testing. Thus far, Mosley has been subject to five random tests.

“I did three for blood and five for blood and urine,” Mosley said during a recent international conference call. Mosley also added that he doesn’t feel weak and that the tests haven’t disrupted his training in any form. It has been a very educational experience.

“I like the fact that they come all the time and I learned a lot of different things about different things to do,” Mosley said. “Different things that, if you will, just eating natural and normal foods without taking any of the vitamins.”

“Taking a bunch of vitamins is a good thing for your body. I feel good. I feel great.”

Perhaps it’s a great thing that Mosley and Mayweather agreed to be tested for illegal substances while they are in training camp for such a big fight. In other sports like major League Baseball, the use of performance enhancing drugs like Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is rampant.

Mosley has done his part to ensure that he is in fact “clean.”

In 2003, Mosley was one of the many professional athletes who, along with Barry Bonds and Marian Jones, testified in front of a grand jury in the BALCO scandal against Victor Conte.

Mosley inadvertently used performance enhancing drugs “the clear” and “the cream” two months prior to his disputed majority win against Oscar De La Hoya in September 2003.

“I love the fact, like I said, it’s been like a breakthrough for me with this USADA thing. It’s actually a good thing,” Mosley commented.

For more information on performance enhancing drugs log onto www.usada.org

Edwin Valero dies

It’s sad to have to report the suicide of former unbeaten WBC lightweight champion and WBA super featherweight titlist Edwin Valero. The news has shocked and disappointed the boxing world.

Valero was one of the most talented fighters in the world. The 28 year-old from Merida, Venezuela was on the cusp of superstardom, but a series of personal problems including an addition to drugs and alcohol led to a series of domestic disputes with his wife Jennifer Viera, 24.

Valero was found dead in his cell on April 19, one day after he was arrested for the brutal murder of his wife. Valero sent shockwaves throughout the boxing world by winning his first 18 professional bouts by way of first-round knockout (18-0, 18 KOs).

Overall, Valero died with an amazing record of 27-0, 27 KOs.

When Valero walked the face of the earth, there was a rock star-like persona about him. He had the look and the charisma that captivated and moved people. This was evident in the way her spoke at press conferences and his he was able to transcend his personality inside the boxing ring.

Gone to soon, Valero was a special fighter and countless enthusiasts missed out on a special talent. Valero spent his professional career fighting in both his native Venezuela and adopted homeland of Japan.

Valero had difficulty fighting in the U.S., as he was denied a boxing license by both the New York and Nevada State Athletic Commissions box as a result of a 2001 motorcycle incident that fractured his skull.

The traumatic head injuries that included a blood clot in the brain and the insertion of a metal plate, proved more than enough to deny Valero a license to fight in the U.S.

Valero was temporarily granted a license to fight in Austin, Texas on April 4, 2002. Valero, headlined a “Lightweight Lightening” pay-per-view and easily dismantled Antonio Pitalua inside two rounds to claim the vacant WBC lightweight championship.

Valero only fought three times in the U.S throughout is pro-career. In ching closer and closer toward fighting on American television, Valero’s second WBC lightweight title defense against Antonio DeMarco was aired on SHOWTIME.

He proved more than just a knockout specialist.

Valero proved to be a solid boxer with sound boxing fundamentals. He displayed the tactfulness and controlled aggression necessary for a ninth round TKO. Even more impressive, Valero survived a massive cut across his head following a foul from Demarco.

Unfortunately for Valero, his aggression, behavior, and self-preservation could not be controlled. They guy simply had serious problems. In recent weeks, there have been reports spewing out from Venezuela that Valero was having extreme difficulty with the relationship with his wife.

Valero was arrested for assaulting his wife and was sentenced for a 60-day psychological evaluation. On Saturday, he brutally attacked and murdered his wife in a Venezuelan hotel room.

Once Valero admitted the murder to hotel workers he was arrested.

Valero died while hanging himself in his cell.