Kizer: Hernandez Test Showed ‘Elevated’ Testosterone

By Ryan Maquiñana

Super middleweight Andrew Hernandez’s Nov. 10 technical knockout win over Rudy Puga Jr. is in danger of being changed to a no-contest after the winner’s prefight drug test revealed excessive levels of testosterone.

Hernandez, from Phoenix, Ariz., scored a second-round stoppage of Puga on Top Rank’s Vanes Martirosyan-Erislandy Lara undercard at the Las Vegas Wynn Resort.  However, it was later discovered that Hernandez’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio surpassed the 6-to-1 cutoff allowed in Nevada.

“He did show elevated testosterone levels,” NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told about Hernandez’s drug test.  “[The ratio] was somewhere between 10-to-1 and 20-to-1.  We’re still trying to get a quantitative number on that.  [Hernandez] will have time to respond to the allegations and the commission will have a hearing.”

Puga, a native of Salinas, Calif., signed with Top Rank earlier this year and won his first bout with the promotional giant, a second-round knockout of Thomas Turner in July.

“Top Rank and [matchmaker] Brad Goodman told me about what happened,” said Rudy Puga Sr., who is Rudy Jr.’s father and trainer.  Goodman confirmed the news with via email.

“Fighters put their lives on the line whenever they get in the ring, and this is my son out there.  I hope the commission bans [Hernandez] for life,” Puga Sr. added.

Hernandez's publicist, Emily Pandelakis, issued a statement:

“We can't really comment until Andrew is able to appear in front of the commission. We are all shocked at the news...Andrew is a good kid, does a ton of work in the community with valley homeless and at-risk kids, and he's always been a humble, hardworking fighter. Hopefully in the near future, he can get back to those things.”

As it stands currently, Hernandez’s record is 5-0-1 with one knockout, while Puga is 3-1 with three knockouts.  If the failed drug test is upheld and the result is changed into a no-contest, Hernandez’s ledger would revert to 4-0-1, and Puga's to 3-0 with three knockouts.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Carlos Alberto on 11-28-2012

I wonder if it's possible to press charges against a fighter who's tested positive for PEDs? I know for a fact that of it was my family in that ring against a cheater I would definitely look into it!!

Comment by MikeRo1972 on 11-28-2012

[QUOTE=strykr619;12747913]LOL an entire generation of baseball stars got busted for roids yet you say no A-listers got busted in the Majors? Donaire opened the door, 24/7 testing is coming.[/QUOTE] Nahhhhhhh man, Once BALCO was exposed, Conte was cornered, and Memo…

Comment by strykr619 on 11-28-2012

[QUOTE=MikeRo1972;12747847]I can see the writing on the wall. This is just like baseball. They bust a boat load of minor leaguers, journeymen, up and comers, and has been but the A-List stars never get busted. They'll bust a dozen or…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 11-28-2012

NSAC raised their levels to 6-1, when its typically 4-1 to allow cheaters more room to cheat, yet he still over did it :lame:

Comment by ddangerous on 11-28-2012

[QUOTE=APBrooklyn;12747829]Guess everyone's on somethin. This is getting lame.[/QUOTE] Been lame, sadly. [QUOTE=MikeRo1972;12747847]I can see the writing on the wall. This is just like baseball. They bust a boat load of minor leaguers, journeymen, up and comers, and has been but…

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