by David P. Greisman

Former lightweight contender Ray Beltran has been suspended for nine months by the Nevada Athletic Commission due to his coming up positive for the banned substance stanozolol in testing done for his May 1 technical knockout win over Takahiro Ao.

The commission voted unanimously on the punishment during its Aug. 13 meeting.

Stanozolol, which is also known as Winstrol, is a steroid that also gets rid of fat without getting rid of muscle. Beltran had difficulty making the lightweight limit for the bout and came in half a pound over, meaning the vacant title they were fighting for remained vacant after the bout.

The suspension dates backward to the day of the bout, meaning he would be eligible to fight again as of February 2016 so long as he provides the commission with a clean drug test.

He was also fined $25,500 — 30 percent of his $85,000 purse — and must reimburse the state attorney general’s office for costs associated with the hearing as well as for the cost of drug testing lab expenses.

“You’ve been fighting for a long time. But taking the advice of a nutritionist and ingesting things that are prohibited is not good form,” commissioner Pat Lundvall said to Beltran after the hearing.

Beltran’s win over Ao is now a "no contest," which moves the 34-year-old’s record back to 29-7-1 with 17 KOs. The positive drug test also led to the cancellation of a planned June fight with Humberto Soto and will leave him out of the ring for the rest of this year.

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