Promoter Kalle Sauerland has reacted to startling reports on Monday that former European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper failed two drugs tests in the wake of his KO victory over David Price.
Teper, 33, is reported to be under investigation for use of more than one type of steroid following his breakout win over Price back in July, although the BDB (German boxing authorities) are yet to comment on the situation.
Sauerland is now at a loss to explain how it has taken five months for the findings to finally reach the public domain.
“If the reports are true that Erkan Teper has doped then, of course that is a disgrace and he must be banned for a lengthy period,” Sauerland exclusively told World Boxing News.
“However, for me perhaps even the bigger disgrace is the handling of the matter by the BDB. The fight was five months ago. The results would have been known within a few weeks but they were not made public.
“Teper could have fought as a drugs cheat and earned money in the meantime whilst Price has been cheated out of position in the sport for almost half a year.
“I am sure there will be a legal case for the BDB to answer,” he added.
Price has been out of action and contemplating whether to continue his career after what was a third stoppage loss for the Liverpudlian. All three losses have now come against boxers with banned substance question marks above their name and Price is entitled to feel considerable disappointment as it stands.
American Tony Thompson has been accused of doing similar to Teper in the past, something the former world title challenger denied all knowledge of when addressing the matter to WBN in a previous interview.
Thompson became the first fighter to beat Price with a 2013 stoppage before following it up with another five months later.