EXCLUSIVE: Larry Olubamiwo opens up on serial doping
Heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo has spoken to World Boxing News today after being handed a four-year ban for admitting numerous doping offences in his four-year boxing career.
The 33-year-old, who won ten of thirteen professional contests, scoring nine stoppages, was given the World Anti-Doping Agency sentence. He is now facing up to a lengthy spell out the game, with his previous achievements wiped from the record books.
Larry, from Hackney, was in an apologetic mood when speaking with WBN today. He promised to return to the sport re-invigorated upon serving the ban handed down to him by WADA earlier this week.
“First of all, I would like to apologize to the boxing fans for my actions throughout my career. I have always enjoyed interacting with them through forums and in person. The last thing I wanted to do was let them down,” Olubamiwo told World Boxing News.
“They know I won’t hide away. I’m sure they appreciate and understand my reasons for doing what I did. And although I am not justifying my actions in any way, I had to make money.
“The mind-frame I was in at the time dictated my actions.
“In the past, I saw idols of mine being found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs. The likes of Shane Mosley, Evander Holyfield, and James Toney (twice), and upon seeing the punishments they handed to them, I thought that I could do the same and be unlikely to get caught or receive the same punishment.
“I am not going to be bitter about it, though, and hopefully, the fans will appreciate my honesty. I’m not using it as an excuse.
“I have not named anyone from the sport that I know has used or uses drugs. I wanted the sport clean as much as anyone and was doing what I had considered being done by all the superstars.
“Once again, I would like to say sorry to the fans and want to tell them that I will accept my punishment and I will be back boxing again once I have served by ban.
“I just hope they understand my reasons for doing what I did and can forgive me in time.”