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Maccarinelli Ponders Legal Action Following Doping Ban

According to BBC Sport Wales, former cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli is considering legal action against the publication which he claims advertised a product that led to him failing a drugs test. He was suspended for six months after testing positive for methylhexaneamine after beating Shane McPhilbin to the British cruiserweight title in March. UK Anti-Doping banned the 31-year-old former WBO world cruiserweight champion from all sports until 18 October.

"I asked UK Anti-Doping what rights have I got," said Maccarinelli. "And they said I would have to speak to a solicitor so that is what I'm doing. It is not so much about the money but my reputation which has always been one of integrity."

Maccarinelli claims he took a "sports supplement" that was "described as a fat-burner" and "not described a fitness booster" advertised in a publication "under the heading of approved supplements for fighters."

"If I felt good and it did the job, I would probably would have kept taking it up to the fight and that would have upped my reading and I would have had an automatic two-year ban. There wasn't a high level in my test and in the email I had from UK Anti-Doping agrees with the fact I didn't knowingly put this stuff in my body, they agreed that I didn't intend to enhance my performance in any way and they agreed there wasn't enough substance in my system to be any sort of use on fight night.

"I don't believe there should be cheats in sport, nothing beats hard work and my dad brought me up the right way and for people in some circles to classify me as a cheat, my dad would turn in his grave. I feel so bad just thinking that people would think I would cheat when I work so hard."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ravens Fan on 07-22-2012

I just watch the McPhilbin fight and Enzo is pondering legal action? The fact that his opponent was little more then Tough Man competitor he should ponder retirement instead of legal action. No, on second thought there should be no…

Comment by HughJass on 07-22-2012

i believe big mac a 100% no way he would cheat on purpose i was very very shocked when i read the report on boxingscene let me ask you fellow posters did it really look like enzo was on performance…

Comment by Alonzo Harris on 07-22-2012

He should take action against the PED makers for making a terrible product he should of Lost to McphilBUM by KO/TKO in his last fight...

Comment by tripper on 07-22-2012

I kind of feel sorr for enzo, if its true that it said it was approved for fighters and its made him fail then he should def take legal action. However if it turns out he's telling porky pies then…

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