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Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence

MONTREAL - Montreal boxer Lucian Bute reiterated on Friday he never took an illegal substance despite failing a doping test after his super middleweight title bout against Badou Jack. Photos by Bob Levesque/PhotoZone Sport

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"Never, never, never did I take anything, an illegal substance," he told a news conference in Montreal.

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The 36-year-old Quebec boxer added that all he consumed were "supplements for recuperation" given to him by his training team.

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The World Boxing Council said Thursday the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling commission revealed it had found the banned substance Ostarine.

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Bute said he was "surprised and disappointed" to hear the news.

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He said he has never failed a drug test in a 20-year career that includes 300 amateur bouts and 13 years of boxing in Quebec.

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"Why take something now, at 36 years old? All my career I haven't taken anything," he said, adding he has often been among those calling for more drug testing of athletes.

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Bute said part of his regimen included taking supplements and shakes provided to him by a trainer.

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He switched to a new training team almost a year ago but said he had been assured that everything he took respected the "same protocols" as in the past.

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"I'm not blaming anyone, I'm not accusing anyone — not the athletic commission in Washington, or my physical trainer, or my team," he said. "But somewhere, something isn't right if that product is in my body involuntarily. I never took it. I don't even know what it is."

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Bute said he would travel to Washington to hear the test results for the second part of the sample, which he hopes come back negative.

"(I hope) to prove, to fight to the end to prove that I'm not a guy who took something," he said. "I'm clean, I respect sport and boxing especially, and I'm in favour of (testing)," he said.

Bute and Jack fought to a majority draw in the April 30 bout in Washington. The Romanian-born Bute (32-3-1) is a former 168-pound champion.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray Ray on 05-28-2016

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16747171]There is zero actual evidence that Floyd has ever failed a drug test. Zero. You can't place him in the same category as a Povetkin or a Bute or a Klitschko. It amazes me that you say nothing about proven…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 05-28-2016

Memo messed up the timing of the cycle I guess.... Anyone working with that guy should automatically be considered shady.. Who was the fighter that told him to screw when he wanted him to cheat? Was it Jessie Vargas? Remember…

Comment by techliam on 05-28-2016

Wasn't VADA testing this fight? This was a WBC world title fight. Why did the DC commission test instead? I honestly don't trust anything DC-related, its probably the shadiest place in the sport, topping Texas..

Comment by elfag on 05-28-2016

I wonder who fed bute tainted meat. This is just an absolute disgrace, I for one am as shocked at this outcome as Bute. Just how can someone have a positive result if they dont even know what a steroid…

Comment by bronx7 on 05-28-2016

Way more athletes in every sport use some sort of illegal substance. Boxing included. Moseley was on balco list. Wlad never failed a test. You can't just throw accusations around. Foolproof testing by top labs in the world for all…

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