NY Post - March 5, 2004
Agents investigating a suspected steroid distribution ring asked the Nevada Athletic Commission for a urine sample from boxer Shane Mosley to test it
for THG only to learn the sample was discarded days after his victory over Oscar De La Hoya.
Keith Kizer, Nevada's deputy attorney general, yesterday told The Post he was contacted by federal agents about three weeks after Mosley's Sept. 13
victory at the MGM Grand. The feds wanted to retest Mosley's urine taken before and after the fight for traces of THG, the designer steroid at the
center of the investigation into the Bay Area Lab Cooperative (BALCO).
All urine samples taken from Mosley were disposed of within two weeks after the fight, which is standard procedure when a boxer is ruled clean. Mosley
tested negative for narcotics, HIV, hepatitis and 25 known steroids, but the sample was not tested for THG.
"We'd never heard of THG at the time," Kizer said. Had Mosley tested positive for any known banned substance, the sample would have been maintained
for up to a year.
Mosley, who will fight Winky Wright on March 13 for the undisputed junior middleweight championship, was subpoenaed and called to testify before the
grand jury in San Francisco investigating BALCO. He has admitted visiting BALCO in the summer of 2003 and using its nutritional supplements. He denied
taking anything illegal in preparation for the fight he won with a unanimous 12-round decision.
That hasn't convinced everyone of his innocence.
"I'm terribly suspicious regarding Mosley because he visited BALCO and used their products," said Bob Arum, De La Hoya's promoter. "And the difference
in his body between the [Raul] Marquez fight [on Feb. 8, 2003] and the De La Hoya fight is obvious to anybody who sees the tapes."
Mosley weighed the 154-pound limit in both of those fights and expects to look the same for his fight next Saturday in Las Vegas.
"When you see me weigh in [for the Wright fight] it's going to be the same physique," Mosley said. "Nothing's going to be different."