Hardy Fined And Suspended Following Loss

Heather Hardy had her fate sealed by the New York State Athletic Commission on Monday as she was handed her punishment following a loss to Amanda Serrano last month.

Hardy, who fell for the first time in her pro boxing career to Serrano on September 13th, was found to have tested positive for Lasix, a banned diuretic during a pre-fight drug test administered by VADA through the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program.

Hardy has been subjected to a $10,000 fine by the New York State Athletic Commission, and a six-month suspension for the offense, which will force Hardy to re-apply for a license and provide a clean testing sample in order to fight again.

The test, conducted one day before the fight, was one of the many Hardy and Serrano underwent in the first female fight to undergo random testing, which saw Hardy fail following the results being rendered on October 3rd.

Furosemide, the substance Hardy tested positive for, is a water pill that is used to stop the body from absorbing too much salt, helping a fighter cut weight or used as a masking agent for another performance enhancer.

Hardy denied that she was using it for any illegal purpose, as the 37-year-old fighter claimed she had alerted testing officials of her use of a “prescription for period symptoms,” but has not produced any evidence to back up her claims.

Report: Boxing Scene

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