- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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In the aftermath of testing positive for synthetic testosterone, junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson quickly applied for a license in Nevada anyway, hoping that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would grant him a license despite his admission to using the banned substance.
Now Peterson doesn't seem to be in such a hurry after his attorney asked for a second postponement of the hearing.
Peterson was due to be on the NSAC agenda for its July 14 meeting. However, the Peterson camp has asked for another continuance, according to commission executive director Keith Kizer.
"Mr. Peterson's local counsel, Pete Bernhard, wrote to us asking for more time to get more medical information for us," Kizer told ESPN.com on Monday. "Obviously, (Peterson) can't fight here until he comes before the full commission and gets a license, so there's no rush on our behalf. They can take all the time that they need."
Bernhard wrote to the commission on June 27 seeking the delay.
"We appreciate the commission's willingness to place his mater on the July NSAC agenda. However, because Mr. Peterson continues to meet with his medical professionals for further work-ups, I asked to defer this matter, at least to the August agenda, and I will provide medical information as soon as it's available," Bernhard wrote in his letter to the commission, which provided a copy to ESPN.com.
Peterson's positive test forced the cancellation of the much-anticipated rematch with former titlist Amir Khan on May 19 in Las Vegas. With Peterson's career in limbo, Khan was rescheduled and will face Danny Garcia, another of the 140-pound titleholders, on July 14 in Las Vegas.
Jeff Fried, Peterson's lead attorney, originally asked for Peterson's case to be put on the June 14 commission agenda, the first meeting after the positive test came to light. However, according to Kizer, Bernhard had a conflict and Peterson's hearing was moved to the commission's July 14 meeting. Now it may be added to the August hearing or delayed further.
Peterson's positive test came from a random urine sample given to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Peterson had requested that Khan agree to random blood and urine testing during the lead up to the rematch. Khan agreed to the random testing demand without issue.
Peterson's positive test called into serious question his controversial split decision victory against Khan in December in Peterson's hometown of Washington, D.C., because after the positive test was disclosed, Peterson admitted that he had the synthetic testosterone implanted in him not long before the December bout -- meaning he fought Khan with a banned substance, even though it did not show up on the Washington, D.C. commission drug screen. The reason for that is because VADA uses more sophisticated tests than your average state commission.
Peterson claimed to have used synthetic testosterone for medical reasons, but it is unlikely, barring a bombshell reason, that he would receive a Nevada license because he took a banned substance and did not disclose it ahead of time or seek a medical exemption.