Anthony Joshua’s opponent, Eric Molina banned after failing doping test

Eric Molina, 36, tested positive for the prohibited substance dexamethasone.

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American boxer Eric Molina has been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance. The investigation followed his IBF heavyweight fight with Anthony Joshua in December 2016 was he was stopped in the third round in Manchester.

The steroid is permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) out of competition.

Dexamethasone is not a performance-enhancing drug but is used to treat conditions including asthma and cancer. It is prohibited during competition because it can give endurance athletes an unfair advantage, especially at altitude.

Molina did not deny taking the substance or contest the anti-doping rule violation, but he did question the length of the ban.

He admitted to being injected with Tribedoce DX, a vitamin B12 supplement, by a member of his team on the day of the fight which contained the banned steroid.

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) said his actions were not intentional and that he “did not look to cheat”.

“Every athlete is solely responsible for what is in their system and must adhere to the strict liability principle,” said Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead.

“All athletes at any level should familiarise themselves with the Wada Prohibited List and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping regulations.”

Molina’s ban runs from the date of the provisional suspension – 28 October 2017 – until midnight on 27 October 2019.

It is understood the case was delayed by the logistics of Molina being based in another country.

Source BBC

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