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Eric Molina Suspended By UK Anti-Doping For Failed Test

By Keith Idec

Heavyweight contender Eric Molina has been suspended for two years by UK Anti-Doping for failing a performance-enhancing drug test after his loss to Anthony Joshua.

Sky Sports reported Tuesday on its website that Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, following his third-round technical knockout defeat to Joshua in December 2016 in Manchester, England. Molina was scheduled to fight Poland’s Mariusz Wach (33-3, 17 KOs, 1 NC) on Friday night in Warsaw.

Molina’s suspension, which began October 28, will last until October 28, 2019.

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A statement released Tuesday by UK Anti-Doping read, “American boxer Eric Molina has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). Mr. Molina tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance dexamethasone, following an In-Competition test on 11 December 2016, after his fight against Anthony Joshua.

“Mr. Molina was charged with ADRV pursuant to the Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample.”

The 36-year-old Molina (26-5, 19 KOs) has fought twice since England’s Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) stopped him in their IBF title fight 17 months ago.

The Weslaco, Texas, native beat Terrell Woods (16-41-7, 11 KOs) by majority decision in a six-rounder September 2 in Palmhurst, Texas. Two months later, Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) dropped Molina in the eighth round and beat him by technical knockout in a WBC elimination match November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“Every athlete is solely responsible for what is in their system and must adhere to the strict liability principle,” UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead said in a statement. “All athletes at any level should familiarize themselves with the WADA prohibited list and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping regulations.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jkp on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Redgloveman;18797907]Dillian Whyte got a 2 year ban after drinking an energy drink he bought in a shop so the treatment isn't inconsistent. And apparently it took so long because Molina was outside of UKAD's jurisdiction. I can't claim to be…

Comment by Redgloveman on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18797588]Why dont you tell everyone why he got the harshest penalty for a substance that doesn't even enhance performance? Tell us why it took 2 years? He got far worse punishment than fighters caught doing proper anabolics.[/QUOTE] Dillian Whyte got…

Comment by Jkp on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Rubber Ducky;18796220]Having listened to the interview he gave he took a B12 dexamethasone injection which is why he failed the test. He was unaware of the fact dexamethasone was in this b12 injection and unaware that dexamethasone was banned. So…

Comment by Jkp on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Redgloveman;18796132]Well he would say that, wouldn't he?[/QUOTE] Why dont you tell everyone why he got the harshest penalty for a substance that doesn't even enhance performance? Tell us why it took 2 years? He got far worse punishment than fighters…

Comment by Rubber Ducky on 05-23-2018

Having listened to the interview he gave he took a B12 dexamethasone injection which is why he failed the test. He was unaware of the fact dexamethasone was in this b12 injection and unaware that dexamethasone was banned. So there…

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