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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 BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com 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 BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com 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 NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  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 Norcalboxing.net, 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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