Alycia Baumgardner has claimed that an independent test she carried out on her own back proves she is “not a fraud”.
On July 15, American Baumgardner defeated Christina Linardatou to retain her WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF super featherweight belts.
However, following her promotion, Matchroom revealed that she had returned a negative result for mesterolone and methenolone acetate metabolites, which the 29-year-old has since denied.
She conducted an independent test, including a hair sample, to clear her name and released a statement Monday saying the results were negative and that she was investigating how false results could occur.
Baumgardner said she was “in a position to fully and categorically defend herself against allegations as the investigation into the findings continues.”
WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF super featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner has once again asserted her innocence regarding a doping finding
Baumgardner shared a lengthy statement Monday explaining how she conducted her own test
The American claimed her test proved she was “not a fraud” and she now considers the long-standing problem solved
“Just a few years ago I was struggling to find meaning and a reason to keep fighting. “Today, women and men, but especially girls and boys, look to me for inspiration to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams the way I did,” the statement began.
“As I have shared my journey and struggles, I have been fortunate to see how my words impact others and inspire hope.” In those moments, I realized my purpose. I see it as my personal responsibility to continue to inspire, encourage and support everyone who crosses my path.
“As many of you know, a few months ago I was stunned by the news of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) resulting from a drug test I conducted. After this news broke, I assured the world that I had never knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs, but I was still accused of cheating. I take my integrity and reputation seriously and would never cheat. So these accusations hurt not only because they were untrue, but also because they gave a false impression to everyone who looked up to me.
These false accusations threatened my reputation and, most importantly, my ability to achieve the goals I set long ago to make an impact on this world by being a beacon of inspiration to all who need hope to move forward to move forward.
“However, knowing me, I immediately rejected the very idea of what this AAF implied.” I took it upon myself to find out the facts and got to work. I did research and consulted with knowledgeable friends and experts to fully understand the situation I was in. I learned how urine samples should and should not be handled; how they can give false results and how unreliable urine tests can be. I learned about fairness, due process and my rights as an athlete.
‘I learned a lot. This gave me complete confidence in my ability to defend myself thoroughly and categorically against the ignorance and accusations.”
Baumgardner argued that urine testing was not practical and that hair samples should be used in the future
Baumgardner, who has a professional record of 15-1, detailed that the original results, which were determined through a random test, should not be considered accurate.
She claimed that the results of her own test would rule out any possibility of intentional doping following the results of the test earlier this year.
Doping violations remain illegal in sport.
“Last month, my team and I submitted to the sanctioning authorities a 22-page technical report (excluding 14 technical references) detailing how and why the AAF cannot be trusted or viewed as accurate,” it said it further in the statement. “To date, this comprehensive document is still being reviewed by the sanctioning authorities. But last week I promised you “BIG NEWS,” so here it is.
“Today I am proud to announce that an independent test of a sample of my hair by a reputable laboratory from June to August 2023 has found NO mesterolone or any other endogenous steroid in my body.” While reading this Read the statement, these results were submitted to the sanctioning authorities. These results definitively rule out ANY possibility of intentional doping on my behalf and confirm for all of you that I am who I claim to be. What I have said from the beginning is still true: I have never and never would cheat in the sport I love, and I am blessed with the gifts and opportunities to dominate competition.
“I am a strong supporter of anti-doping and clean sport, especially in boxing.” For this reason, I volunteered for drug testing years ago. Equally important, however, is that I am strongly committed to the fair treatment of athletes. Testing should be expanded and further improved as all athletes deserve the “gold standard” and fair treatment in testing. Athletes and their teams must be informed of the specific details of their tests, who will conduct them, how they will be handled, and what standards will be applied. The results are too important and momentous to be taken lightly.’
Baumgardner further claimed that urine samples were not suitable for testing, but future testing should be done using hair samples.
She also said she believes the issue is resolved and is ready to fight, even though the process is likely far from over
She welcomes the sanctioning authorities to continue their review of the issue after determining that her sample is positive
The 29-year-old returned a positive result for mesterolone and methenolone acetate metabolites after a fight in July
“What I have learned through this process and what history has shown is that urine sample tests are not the highest quality tests available,” Baumgardner wrote. “It is used because it is cheap, but it is neither the most accurate nor the most effective method for testing intentional steroid doping.” Instead, hair samples are used to confirm urine test results because they have superior reliability, accuracy and the Offer the possibility of identifying actual doping cycles.
“So to those who supported me and unwaveringly believed in me.” I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to my sponsors Everlast and Boxraw for standing by me and believing in the athlete you worked with. To those who doubted me and blamed me: I was sincerely trying to stop you all from looking stupid, but oh well lol. I will still pray for you.
“I welcome the sanctioning authorities to continue their review in accordance with their procedures; As of today, however, I consider this problem to be solved. I’m advancing my career. I’m ready to fight once again.
“I have instructed my management to begin negotiating my next undisputed title defense.” One of the most gifted athletes women’s boxing has ever seen is back. The Queen is coming!’