News | Feb 06 2018

George Groves demands tougher penalties for drug cheats in boxing

'You can permanently hurt someone, which is disgusting. How can you live with yourself if you've cheated?' asks George Groves
George Groves
George Groves & Jamie Cox Press Conference  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

GEORGE GROVES, the WBA super-middleweight world champion, has called for tougher penalties for drug cheats in boxing.

“If people are taking drugs in boxing, that’s a serious problem. It’s unethical: you can permanently hurt someone, which is disgusting. How can you live with yourself if you’ve cheated, and that’s happened?” he questioned. “If you do it in a running race over 100m and you beat someone, yeah, you’ve hurt their livelihood, but you haven’t physically hurt them. There should be tougher sentences for fighters who abuse the rules.

“Depending on the severity of what you test positive for – you can just make a mistake, you should still be careful of it, conscious of it – but if you are doping you shouldn’t be allowed to compete again.”

 

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