Berto tests positive, Ortiz rematch doubtful
Former two-time world welterweight champion Andre Berto has tested positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone putting his upcoming June 23rd return with Victor Ortiz in serious jeopardy.
The 28 year-old agreed to use the random drug testing provided by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) along with opponent Ortiz and now has questions to answer following the failed test.
Berto becomes the second world champion to test positive in recent months after Lamont Peterson admitted taking testosterone pellets prior and preceding his WBA and IBF light-welterweight title bout with Amir Khan.
Peterson’s scheduled rematch with Khan was then scrapped pending an investigation and a similar outcome is expected in this case, which has brought more shame onto American boxing if the Floridian is found guilty.
Nandrolone is the same steroid that dogged American sprinters throughout the athletics scene in the early to mid-2000’s and Berto has the so-called ‘doping whistleblower’ from the scandal, Victor Conte as part of his team.