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Team GB's Muhammad Ali Fails Drugs Test, Suspended

By Elliot Foster

Muhammad Ali is facing a long ban after testing positive for a steroid in April.

The sport's international federation AIBA has confirmed that the Team GB fighter tested positive during a World Series of Boxing match between the British Lionhearts and Morocco Atlas Lions in Casablanca.

Ali, a 21-year-old silver medallist at the 2014 World Youth Championships and 2016 European Championships who lost in the first round of the flyweight competition at the Rio Olympics last year, has been provisionally suspended since May.

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The Yorkshireman is highly rated by GB Boxing and is currently the top-ranked fighter in his World Series of Boxing division.

AIBA said in a statement on its website that it would not make any further comment until an anti-doping panel has heard Ali's case. No date for the hearing has yet been set.

Ali had asked for his B sample, which is used to confirm an initial finding, to be tested and that also came back positive for trace amounts of the steroid.

GB Boxing said it can confirm a member of its squad has tested positive for a banned substance –– in a statement released to Press Association Sport –– and the boxer has been suspended from the programme and all competition pending the outcome of the process.

It added: “This is the first time that a member of the GB Boxing squad has tested positive for a banned substance.”

It is unclear at this stage which substance Ali tested positive for.

“GB Boxing is committed to clean sport and we work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping and our international federation to provide extensive education and support to our boxers on anti-doping rules, the anti-doping obligations upon them as athletes and the importance of adhering to the principles of clean sport,” the statement concluded.

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MTK Global have confirmed that their fighter Marco McCullough will return to the ring on November 18 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, as part of the undercard to Carl Frampton’s homecoming against Horacio Garcia.

They have also confirmed the signings of three new fighters, including welterweight Ben Hall.

The former WBC International Silver super-welterweight title challenger has inked a deal with the team who will from now on represent Rhys Pagan and Irish middleweight champion Luke Keeler.

Meanwhile, Stephen Carroll has announced his retirement from the sport, citing a lack of financial stability as his reason behind hanging up the gloves after just seven fights.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 10-26-2017

This A$$HOLE need to change his name now.

Comment by Teetotaler on 10-26-2017

The greatest my ass. I knew he was on something. I didnt know he was signed to golden boy though

Comment by larryxxx.. on 10-26-2017

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18164064]Banned from fighting in paradise for a year[/QUOTE] Wonder if Joe Frazier got the news..heard it was angel dust

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 10-26-2017

Ali a drug cheat smdh. Joe Frasier didn't deserve this.

Comment by Randall Cunning on 10-26-2017

[QUOTE=larryxxx.;18164051]Damn they drug test corpses now??[/QUOTE] Banned from fighting in paradise for a year

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