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Boxer Antonio Tarver Tests Positive for Banned Substance

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The importance of drug testing has appeared in boxing headlines once again as former light heavyweight titlist Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver has tested positive for a banned substance in his fight against Steve Cunningham back in August of this year. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated first broke the news earlier this week, reporting that the former champ came back with two positive tests showing the use of synthetic testosterone. Tarver has denied the allegations.

“I have no idea how my urine sample tested positive because I didn’t take anything illegal,” Tarver said in an interview. “Either the test was contaminated, or mixed-up with another sample. We believe in the process and I will fully comply. Further analysis will prove I’m 100% innocent because I’ve done nothing wrong.”

It will be interesting to see what Tarver means by “further analysis” since the bout followed the standard anti-doping protocol. In the event an initial “A” sample comes back positive for a fighter, they then have the right to request a “B” sample to ensure validity of the first test. If the second test comes back positive, there’s little room for argument. In Tarver’s case, both samples showed traces of ….View original article