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Pomona boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley acknowledged unknowing use of a blood-doping drug as he responded late Friday to a report that he engaged in an elaborate doping program before his second victory over Oscar De La Hoya in 2003.

Mosley said Darryl Hudson, his former strength and conditioning coach from Pomona, persuaded him to take what Mosley now believes was the blood-doping drug Erythropoietin (EPO) by telling the boxer it was a legal drug used to help AIDS patients battling poor immune systems. Mosley said that Hudson described the drug as "icing on the cake" to the boxer's highly intense workout regimen.


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click to enlargeCiting multiple sources, Sports Illustrated reported on its website that the lead investigator in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case revealed the details of Mosley's drug regimen to anti-doping conference attendees last year.

Jeff Novitzky, an Internal Revenue Service special agent who supervised the 2003 raids of BALCO's Burlingame, Calif., headquarters that counted baseball slugger Barry Bonds and Olympic sprinter Marion Jones as clients, reportedly told attendees at a conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., that Mosley used BALCO founder Victor Conte's designer steroid "the clear" and testosterone known as "the cream," in addition to EPO.

Mosley, in a statement, acknowledged giving Conte a check for $1,500 for BALCO products. Reached later Friday by telephone at his Big Bear training compound, Mosley was candid in saying that he at least twice injected himself in the stomach before his second fight against De La Hoya.

"I didn't understand it to be blood doping, I was told it would keep my [red] blood cells high," Mosley said. "I didn't know the extent of this. To be honest, I didn't care to have it, but [Hudson] kept saying this stuff was great, and described it as 'icing on the cake,' because when you work as hard as I do, you need something to help you recover. Like vitamins, I thought."

Novitzky, the SI.com report said, presented evidence at the November conference that included tests and calendars showing how Mosley's endurance-boosting red blood cells soared in August 2003, two weeks after he allegedly began taking EPO. A doping calendar seized from BALCO showed Mosley's final dose of EPO was given five days before his Sept. 13 bout with De La Hoya. After defeating De La Hoya by split decision in 2001, Mosley won the 2003 bout in Las Vegas by unanimous decision.

"When we fought, I thought Mosley was the better fighter," De La Hoya, who now promotes Mosley's career, said Friday while sitting ringside at Morongo Casino in Cabazon. "I questioned the judging in that [second] fight, but I never questioned his physical skills, nothing, and that will never change. I've known Mosley since we were kids. Mosley was the better fighter than me twice, and that's why we won't fight a third time."

Conte told The Times earlier this year that BALCO products earmarked for Mosley were delivered exclusively to Hudson. Conte has served a four-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering counts connected to the BALCO case.

Mosley (44-4, 37 knockouts) fired Hudson after the BALCO investigation linked him to the lab, and he also has told a federal grand jury investigating BALCO and the Nevada State Athletic Commission in a sworn declaration that he has never knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs, said a spokeswoman for his promoter, De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Mosley has passed steroid tests in Nevada twice since the BALCO investigation, including before and after his February victory over Luis Collazo. He is training for his Nov. 10 world welterweight title fight against Miguel Cotto in New York.

In light of the report, Cotto's promoter, Bob Arum, said Friday he would recommend both Mosley and Cotto submit to drug tests 30 days before their upcoming bout, in addition to the New York State Athletic Commission's routine tests.

"I have no doubt Shane Mosley is clean," Arum said. "But it'd be a good idea for them both to be tested, to allay everyone's suspicions."

Mosley, acknowledging the "stain" on his career because of the BALCO connection, said: "I haven't tried to mislead anybody."
 

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At least he says he didnt know
 

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I dont think Barry ever took any.
 

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It wasnt I was serious
 

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Barry already admitted in his grand jury testimony that he did take roids. But is playing dumb and saying he thought it was fax seed oil.
 

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I'd be pissed off if I was naive to what my trainer was telling me to put into my body. That would really piss me off. Especially if the guy is a trainer. Come on dude, not cool. But at least he's coming clean with it
 

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Barry already admitted in his grand jury testimony that he did take roids. But is playing dumb and saying he thought it was fax seed oil.
I've never heard about him saying that but who mistakes Flax seed Oil for Roids. And who would be dumb enough to try to convice someone that. What a tool. Also if you look at bonds' rookie card what he played for the pirates and then look at him now. His helemt size has gone up a few sizes. Maybe he must have been taking GH
 

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If you didnt catch him doing it then how do you know he did it. If he never tested positive then how do you know hes doing it.
 

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If you didnt catch him doing it then how do you know he did it. If he never tested positive then how do you know hes doing it.
what do you think made his skull grow over an inch in size?? Protein and vitamins?? come on now, this isn't hard to figure out. (and don't act like it hasn't) I don't even have to read the book of shadows to realize he was on it. read my post on the James Toney thread to explain how athletes get around drug testing. And why doesn't the MLB announce when a drug test is given. Do you really think the Owner of the MLB wants to see his star players getting caught. HELL NO! It's a Billion dollor industry and it can only hurt him when that happens. People are so out of sight, out of mind on this issue. Gary Sheffield has already said on a 25 man team, the average amount of guys using roids are atleast 7, but could be more. And also stated he knew names of guys who were on it that if the general public were to ever findd out, it would ruin baseball. (interview was on real sports on HBO) Sheffield was caught but denies it because he didn't inject them and kept saying Steroids are what you inject in your butt.:rolleyes: oh yeah, and who do you think he got them from, Mr. Bonds himself when he became his work out partner for about 2-3 years starting around 2001. There's alot more evidence then just this though, like I said I haven't even read the book of shadows.And if Bonds knows the book is full of lies, why hasn't he filed for slander?? you'd be crazy not to. i know your still not going to believe he hasn't taking any so I don't really know why i'm even brothering on this. NOW, back to boxing.:)
 

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I've never heard about him saying that but who mistakes Flax seed Oil for Roids. And who would be dumb enough to try to convice someone that. What a tool. Also if you look at bonds' rookie card what he played for the pirates and then look at him now. His helemt size has gone up a few sizes. Maybe he must have been taking GH
GH.....exactly :thumbsup:
 

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And if Barriod is innocent, then why is his trainer and good friend sitting in prison this very day because he does not want to testify to the grand jury about Barriod? If the guy never did any, he should have nothing to hide right?
 

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And if Barriod is innocent, then why is his trainer and good friend sitting in prison this very day because he does not want to testify to the grand jury about Barriod? If the guy never did any, he should have nothing to hide right?
good point. Like I said, this isn't hard to figure out.
 

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When he test positive for them theb I'll believe that he did them. Or if he says he did them then I'll believe it. I could really careless because I cant stand the guy really. And it aint my life that hes living so I really dont care, this is just hoe I feel about it. Because I know what its like to be accussed of something that I didnt do. Even when all the so called evidence points towards me.
 

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Well I apologize for mentioning Bonds' name!

Now...back to boxing guys. I think Shane is not effected by any of this. Has anyone heard anything new about this occurrance?
 

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I dont think so either but it makes you think if he'll be dopped up come fight night and as much as I like Mosely and how I said I cant pick this fight because both him and Cotto are 2 of my favs. I think I will go with Cotto in this fight now.
 
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