According to former super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, he took a supplement he took to help him sleep contained the banned substance Ostarine and led to his positive doping test. It's taken months, but Bute was finally informed that his B sample came back with a positive reading. Photos by Robert Levesque/Photo Zone Sport.
Bute intends to take legal action against the producers of the supplement.
He said Ostarine was not listed among the ingredients and that it may accidentally have got into the bottles. He said his physiotherpist Angel Heredia specifically ordered a product that did not contain banned substances.
The Romanian-Canadian intends to plead that he never knowing took a banned substance to the Washington Athletic Commission, which is to rule on whether he will be suspended.
Bute tested positive after fighting World Boxing Council super-middleweight champion Badou Jack to a majority draw on April 30 in Washington, D.C. Days later it was announced that his urine A sample tested positive.
Results of the B sample received this week confirmed the positive test.
Bute held the International Boxing Federation super-middleweight title from 2007 to 2012. He said he intends to continue boxing regardless of what the commission rules in hope of regaining a world title one day.
"For me, this is good news and bad news," Bute said. "The sample B is positive, but it proves I'm honest, because I've never taken anything illegal. The substance was contaminated and I took it with good intentions. However, the product is on the market; I am so disappointed. Now I will let my lawyer handle this."
"We were taken by surprise by the news on Thursday, we never received the letter. This was sent to Lucian's lawyer who is currently in Austria," said the boss of GYM, Yvon Michel.