Suspicions raised that female boxer was born male

Phil Jay 18/07/2012

Former female WBC bantamweight champion Usanakorn Kokietgym is under investigation by officials after recording three-times the normal amount of testosterone in a pre-fight hormone test.

The 24 year-old eventually went on to lose her title to Australian Susie Ramadan at the Melbourne Pavilion in Victoria, but was questioned by WBC physicians and refused to provide blood tests to prove her gender.

Allegations are now out in the open that Kokietgym was potentially born a male and took oestrogen, for whatever purpose, to make him/her more female. The WBC are set to investigate the findings of the officials in the near future.

Australian doctor Peter Lewis told theage.com.au of his suspicions after fight: ”There’s a possibility that she started off as a man and has taken oestrogen. Or we could be dealing with a woman who is pumped up on steroids. Or she could be a hermaphrodite, where you have the genes of a male and the body of a female,” he explained.

Lewis also stated that the authorities in Thailand have failed to act in this situation and Kokietgym would be likely to be left to continue his/her career upon return to home shores.

”I have known of Thai boxers that have tested positive to HIV, hepatitis B and C in Australia, who have returned to Thailand and been allowed to continue fighting,” Lewis said.

Austrailian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda added: “The test results are through the roof, they’re highly suspicious.”