Dan Rafael: hCG

Holt cleared of taking HCG

April, 9, 2013
Kendall Holt, Lamont Peterson Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesKendall Holt, left, still needs some medical testing, even after being cleared of taking HCG.

Former junior welterweight titlist Kendall Holt believes the issues surrounding his atypical urine test following an eighth-round knockout loss to Lamont Peterson in their Feb. 22 world title fight have been cleared up, but he still needs further medical testing.

Holt’s sample showed the presence of the banned substance human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). However, the test results were deemed atypical -- simply not normal -- as opposed to a failed drug test because HCG can be naturally produced by the body and could be an indicator of some other medical issue, including the presence of cancer.

On Monday Holt released a statement updating the situation.

“I am pleased to announce that according to laboratory results I am not under suspicion of having taken a banned substance in connection with my bout against Lamont Peterson,” Holt said. “We have received an email from Dr. David Eichner, director of the [World Anti-Doping Agency] accredited Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory that my results ‘do not suggest doping.’

“As explained to me, ‘intact HCG’ indicates the use of that banned substance. A confirmatory test reflected that I did not have ‘intact HCG’ and thus doping was ruled out in my case. There is an atypical finding for ‘non-intact HCG,’ which, as explained to me, is naturally produced. That finding will be explored further by my physicians. This explanation, too, was provided directly by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory located in Salt Lake City.

“I requested a full WADA drug screening at the time of my bout with Lamont Peterson. Under the circumstances I am very glad that I did because it not only provided protection against drug cheating but also alerted me when I finally got the proper information of the need for further medical testing. I look forward to returning to the ring at 147 pounds.”

Holt addresses 'atypical' drug test

March, 30, 2013

Former junior welterweight titlist Kendall Holt put out a statement to react to the fact that his urine sample came back with an “atypical finding” following his eighth-round knockout loss to titleholder Lamont Peterson on Feb. 22 in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, D.C.

Holt's sample showed the presence of the banned substance human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

However, the test is not technically a failed test, just a result that was not normal. Having hCG show up could be an indicator of the presence of cancer. Holt addressed the situation in a carefully worded statement, undoubtedly crafted by his attorney, Pat English.

Here is Holt’s statement in its entirety:

“First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I did not knowingly take any PED, nor do I believe I unknowingly took any PED.

“The facts are as follows: My camp, at my instruction, requested (World Anti-Doping Association)-level testing in connection with my bout with Lamont Peterson. Post-bout urine samples were sent to the WADA accredited laboratory testing lab in Salt Lake City.

“We repeatedly attempted to obtain the lab results from the D.C. Commission, with no success until (Thursday). We did, however, receive an email from the commission stating that both fighters had passed their test. Nonetheless we wanted the actual lab results.

(Thursday) we received those lab results. The lab results were not identified by fighter but one of the results showed an elevated HCG level. It was labeled as an ‘atypical finding.’

There are three levels of findings for WADA testing. There is a ‘negative’ finding, meaning that the athlete has tested ‘negative’ for prohibited substances, there is an ‘adverse analytical finding,’ meaning that there is a prohibited substance, and there is an ‘atypical finding,’ meaning there should be further investigation. In part, this is because there are certain medical conditions, which can cause elevated hCG levels.

We briefly believed that the test involved was that of Mr. Peterson. In fact it may be mine. At this point, we do not have a full chain of custody report, which we will obtain. We will also, once the full chain of custody report is obtained, have the ‘B’ sample tested. Finally, when that is completed we will have the medical tests as indicated by the results.”