Haney’s training with Victor Conte of the SNAC Training facility and the man behind the BALCO scandal which rocked other sports.
Tonight, Devin Haney kicks off SHOWTIME’s 2019 boxing lineup as the headliner for ShoBox: The New Generation.
Haney faces fellow unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni in a 10-round lightweight main event from Shreveport, LA. The 20-year-old Haney is one of the youngest promoters in boxing history and recently released a “Day in Camp” video.
The behind-the-scenes special details Haney’s training with Victor Conte, of the SNAC Training facility. Conte is the man behind the BALCO scandal which rocked Major League Baseball and other sports.
From BALCO to SNAC
The Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) scandal involved the use of banned, performance-enhancing substances by professional athletes. The San Francisco-based business supplied anabolic steroids to athletes like Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Marion Jones. The incident sparked a 2002 US Federal government investigation of the laboratory and Conte served a four-month prison sentence.
As a result, Conte re-branded his business into “Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning” or “SNAC.”
Boxers Mikey Garcia, Danny Jacobs, Shawn Porter, and more work with Conte and his new system. Garcia is stepping up in weight against Errol Spence for the IBF welterweight strap. He has shown his amazing SNAC-led physical transformation on social media.
— Team Mikey Garcia (@mikeygarcia) December 30, 2018
In addition, Willie Monroe, Jr. tested positive for a banned substance just before the main event against Jermall Charlo. The revelation came through VADA under the WBC Clean Boxing Program. As a result, the WBC is conducting a further investigation into the SNAC sponsored athlete.
Moreover, the Charlo brothers have been very vocal about their belief that SNAC fighters are “dirty”. Boxing is experiencing a major uplift, but it is still not as high profile as other top sports.
Conte could be utilizing that lowered visibility to his advantage.