by David P. Greisman
All 16 boxers who fought on July 19 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas came up negative for the banned substances tested for in Nevada drug-screening panel, according to an email from state athletic commission Executive Director Keith Kizer.
The card featured a main event that saw lightweight John Molina rally back to score a last-minute stoppage of Mickey Bey. That bout was broadcast on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation,” as was the co-feature, in which Badou Jack outpointed Farah Ennis.
Bey tested positive in Nevada this past February for an extremely elevated level of testosterone, coming in at more than 30:1, the second-highest ratio the commission had ever seen, five times higher than the commission maximum of 6:1, and more than seven times the World Anti-Doping Agency maximum of 4:1.
His case was already chronicled earlier this year in a column on this website: http://www.boxingscene.com/fighting-words-bey-ped-case-skepticism-shades-gray--63929
Bey claimed that he had told a doctor at the Las Vegas Health Center — which is less a medical facility and more one of these anti-aging clinics that are popping up everywhere these days — that he could not receive any performance-enhancing drugs.
His medical documents support that claim, but nevertheless he was prescribed testosterone injections.
Three of the five commissioners voted for a rather lenient punishment. Bey was suspended three months and fined $1,000.
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