Exclusive: Duhaupas manager talks Teper EBU ban, won’t appeal result
One of the fighters involved in the Erkan Teper controversy – Johann Duhaupas, won’t be appealing to have the result of the contest overturned, according to his manager Mehdi Ameur.
Duhaupas, 34, lost via a unanimous decision in March of this year, nine months after the Turkish-born German had failed a test surrounding a fight with Newfel Ouatah, which Teper won via stoppage in the sixth round.
Despite learning from WBN that Teper has now been suspended for two years on the back of testing positive for a second time following a win over David Price, Ameur says he feels sorry for the 33 year-old’s handlers Alexander and Boris Zastrow.
“Of course, I am very disappointed and sad about the news that Erkan Teper has failed two tests. For me. this situation is not acceptable,” Ameur exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I know from experience that managers and promoters invest a lot of time and money to make a fighter’s career, so right now my thoughts go to Alexander and Boris Zastrow.”
Asked what the next step is for Duhaupas and himself, Ameur stated that he just wants to continue looking after the best interests of the recent WBC heavyweight title challenger.
“We won’t be losing time by appealing the result of the fight as I have for a good plan for Johann to go back and fight for the title in the future,” he said.
“Right now for us, life is life. It’s normal. Erkan has played the bad game so he has to pay the sanction. It’s like that in every sport.
“Again I am sorry for Alexander and Boris, but we can only do what’s best for Johann,” added Ameur.
Teper has caused outrage with his actions, although there are a lot of questions now being asked about how these sorted of situations are dealt with by the relevant bodies involved.