The days are continuing to drag for women’s boxing champion Alycia Baumgardner since her positive drug test results in August. Now, as her and her team work to attempt to clear her name and prove the results were flawed in some way, she’s left to deal with the repercussions of negative attention online as everyone waits for the truth to come out.
Baumgardner, recently revealed that a urine sample she provided on July 12, 2023, tested positive for banned substances mesterolone and methenolone acetate metabolites. However, she has fervently denied any use of these substances, citing that samples given after her July 15 fight and on June 16, 2023, were clean.
She has since stressed her ethical training throughout her career, her role as a model for young women, and her commitment to maintaining a clean athletic reputation, but that hasn’t stopped online haters from pushing the narrative that she might in fact be lying.
Baumgardner has in the meantime discussed plans to address the issue proactively, assuring her followers of regular updates. Fellow featherweight champion, Amanda Serrano, who’s been in talks for a match with Baumgardner, expressed her hopes as well for clarity on the matter, refraining from passing judgment.
Australian boxer and IBF women’s bantamweight boxing champion, Ebanie Bridges, also weighed in on the situation, noting that the substances Baumgardner allegedly used are common in bodybuilding. While Bridges anticipates the truth surfacing soon, a fan on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, suggested that Baumgardner could demonstrate her innocence through a follicle test.
Still, Baumgardner has remained the eventually the evidence will show that this result was a mistake and her name will be cleared.
“Lord, thank you for allowing me to see another day,” she posted to her X account. “I also pray for those who speak foul on my name [because] they don’t know any better, bless them.”
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