Do Boxers Use The Sharapova Stuff?



Do Boxers Use The Sharapova Stuff?

By Michael Woods

C'mon, you know how people are.

Right after Maria Sharapova got popped for meladonium, Google searches for the stuff surpassed “Kim Kardashian nude” and scores of peddlers serving fight sport athletes worked to procure it.

After all, if it was allegedly good enough for a baller like ‘Pova, well, that is a solid stamp of approval.

I reached out to ex darksider Victor Conte, now a straight player supplement purveyor–his company is SNAC–querying him if he though meladonium was a popular part of some guys' “vitamin regimen” within the pugilism realm.

“I have not heard of US boxers using meldonium, however, it is a drug used by many in Russia and Europe, so it would not surprise me if boxers from those areas had access to this
drug that increases oxygen uptake and enhances endurance,” Conte told me.

PEDs, they are everywhere…Which is why we hope the trend towards more stringent testing, by a legit operation like VADA, continues.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.

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