QUOTE (salvador @ Apr 7 2010, 10:33 AM)
My point with Funeka was that he's just a fighter who needs money and Guzman was the GBP fighter with the HBO ties and if Funeka wanted to get in the ring with him he had to come in at a disadvantage or take the chance of never having the opportunity again. Why should Wlad be able to tell Povetkin to fuck himself just because Wlad has the belt? - particularly if Povetkin thinks Wlad might be using.
I seriously don't see this as a negotiating point unless Wlad (or any other fighter) is using roids. If he's not, then he should be thrilled (as a sports PHD or whatever joke of a degree he has) to be a part of boxing's solution to this problem.
I would actually think that all clean fighters would WANT these tests and would want to clean up the sport for the fighters themselves.
I just don't see how this could possibly be used as a negotiating point with a clean fighter so I don't see how the door would be opened up for more bad than good.
But Guzman was overweight...Wlad has passed every drug test, and assuming he did going into the fight...the parallel doesn't really work in this scenario.
I am not sure how you cannot see this as a negotiating ploy...it is something a fighter can throw out there, and then bend on to get something else they want. Or, it is something they can toss out there to create delay in making a fight, or worse, not make a fight. The more moving parts that exist in negotiation, the more difficult things become - so, take it out of the negotiation equation and create something more formal.
The problem with fighters demanding it here and there is that suddenly you end with different sets of rules for different fights...that is not good. Before long, the media will start referring to fights as "no drug test fights" and "drug test fights", and for a sport that is already marginalized, it doesn't need more problems...the types of problems this sort of push will create. Further, when you start introducing third parties into things, suddenly Fighter B does not pass a test but claims their sample was tainted because they only approved Testing Companies A, B and C...NOT D, who someone in Fighter A's camp is close to. Now the fighter passes the state testing, fails the third party testing, and you end up with an even larger cluster fuck.
If you have uniform testing that applies to all fights and is implemented on a state athletic commission level...or on an international organization athletic commission level, you do not have these potential pitfalls. All fights are treated the same, and all testing is done the same by the same group where the fights will occur.
I would like to see an improvement, I would just like it to be implemented properly.