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Lamont Peterson cleared after allegations of failed drug test

Lamont Peterson has had his name cleared after earlier speculation that he had failed another drug test for HCG, according to Team Peterson.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lamont Peterson was suspected of having failed another drug test, this time for HCG, but now it appears as though the reports may have jumped the gun. Peterson, 29, has reportedly been cleared with all negative tests from his February 22 win over Kendall Holt, with a "male fighter" on the card having tested positive for HCG, but not Peterson. Holt, also, has not been specifically named.

It would have been the second straight failed drug test for Peterson, which would have had an enormous impact on his career, but now that he's apparently had his name cleared, he should be free to look forward to a big May 18 date on Showtime against Lucas Matthysse. It's good news all around, as Peterson-Matthysse is a terrific fight that boxing fans are certainly looking forward to seeing, and it means that Peterson's reputation isn't taking another massive hit, too.

This also means that the DC commission were not lying when they previously stated publicly that Peterson had passed all of his post-fight tests, something else that was a concern after the initial report today.

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