Eric Molina Given Two-Year Drug Suspension

World heavyweight title challenger Eric Molina has been suspended for taking a banned substance for his fight against Anthony Joshua back in 2016.

Molina was given a two-year suspension by the UKAD for testing positive for the banned substance dexamethasone. Molina tested positive in an in-competition test on December 11, 2016, one day after Molina lost via third-round TKO to Joshua in an IBF heavyweight title fight.

The UKAD released a statement confirming Molina’s suspension: “American boxer Eric Molina has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).”

“Mr. Molina tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance dexamethasone, following an In-Competition test on 11 December 2016, after his fight against Anthony Joshua. Mr. Molina was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – ‘Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample.'”

The 36-year-old Molina has also previously challenged Deontay Wilder for his WBC heavyweight title. Since Molina lost to Joshua, he has fought twice and is scheduled to fight former title challenger Mariusz Wach. The two-year suspension is retroactive to the date Molina was given a provisional suspension on October 28, 2017 and will run until midnight on October 27, 2019.

Original Story: Sky Sports

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