Eric Molina has offiically been banned two years after testing positive for the drug dexamethasone.
The 36-year-old was originally suspended in October 2017 for the test. His ban will be retroactive to the date of his original suspension. He will be eligible to return to boxing in October 2019.
Molina tested positive for the drug after his fight with Anthony Joshua in 2016. He was stopped in the third round of that match.
He admitted to being injected with Tribedoce DX, a vitamin B12 supplement which included the steroid before the fight.
Dexamethasone is permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) outside of competition, but it is not permitted during because it can give a fighter better endurance.
The UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) acknowledged Molina did not look to cheat, but that did not change its ruling.
“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, via BBC.com.
“All athletes at any level should familiarize themselves with the Wada Prohibited List and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping regulations.”
Article courtesy of Sporting News