Danish featherweight Dennis "The Menace" Ceylan, 18-0-2. have tested positive for cocaine, writes BT. He was tested after his last fight in March (a technical draw against Isaac Lowe).
"It was a mistake and a moment of weakness that I am deeply sorry about. This was the first and only time I have used drugs and I promise it will be the last," states Ceylan in a written comment to BT through Team Sauerland´s press officer.
The positive doping test could very well be the real reason behind the fact that Ceylan relinquished the EBU title a few weeks ago.
Instead Ceylan is booked to take on Kid Galahad July 15 in London for the IBF Intercontinental featherweight title. He is not facing a suspension from the Danish Federation, the DPBF, as the testing was done by the WBC anti-doping program and not Anti-doping Denmark that the DPBF works with.
Ceylan will however most likely face a suspension from participating in EBU sanctioned fights. It remains to be seen what action the WBC will take - and why it took so long for the story to break is another good question. Another even better question is why the various anti-doping programs don´t collaborate and thus get unified rules.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Arthur "Thunderman" Mann, 10-0, will take on Leon Harth, 15-2, on July 8 in Ludwigshafen in the chief support to Leon Bauer-Abdallah Paziwapazi. At stake in this all-German matchup is the WBO International title.
Dane Patrick Nielsen beat Rudy Markussen late 2015 in a very hyped matchup that proved to be a very poor fight in reality in a fight where neither made super middleweight.
Nielsen was in training for a fight on May 28, 2016, but that fell through when it was announced Patrick had suffered a broken hand. That took some time to heal but Nielsen was back in the ring in January of this year where he outscored Beibi Berrocal over ten and again Nielsen didn´t make 168 in a poor fight.
Patrick Nielsen has since then been inactive - however he has remained in all of the world ratings at super middle: WBC #8, IBF # 15, WBO # 3 and in the latest WBA ratings been promoted from # 6 to # 2. The WBA´s explanation is that others have "disappeared" for one reason or another - but to promote inactive fighters sends a bad signal through the system.