US boxing champion Alycia Baumgardner examined optimistic for a banned steroid previous to her battle with Christina Linardatou final month.
The undisputed tremendous featherweight champion defended her IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles with a unanimous resolution victory over Linardatou on July 15 in Detroit.
But it has now emerged that the 29-year-old failed a random anti-doping take a look at performed just some days earlier. Baumgardner would have examined optimistic for the steroid mesterolone.
It represents one other damaging blow to the game and comes lower than two weeks after information of Dillian Whyte’s failed anti-doping take a look at that noticed his rematch in opposition to Anthony Joshua canceled.
‘Another day! Another fight,” Baumgardner wrote on social media after rumors of her failed test surfaced on Monday. “Keep showing your faces,” she added.
US boxing champion Alycia Baumgardner tested positive for a banned steroid last month
But later on Monday, Baumgardner’s Matchroom Boxing promoters confirmed the optimistic take a look at.
“Matchroom can confirm today that Alycia Baumgardner returned an adverse analytical finding as part of an arbitrary anti-doping protocol voluntarily instituted for her fight with Christina Linardatou in Detroit on July 15,” they stated in an announcement.
‘Matchroom was first informed of this result on August 12. Applicable regulatory authorities are also aware and we are referring to such authorities for further action and guidance as a full investigation is conducted.
Matchroom is committed to promoting a clean and fair sport for all athletes and will stand by Alycia and her team during this time by providing her with due process.
It comes less than two weeks after news of Dillian Whyte’s failed anti-doping take a look at
“While we await further information, Matchroom will not be commenting further.”
Linardatou’s promoter Lou DiBella bemoaned an absence of transparency within the sport’s anti-doping protocols.
“I learned there were adverse PED findings in test(s) of the champion, Alycia Baumgardner,” DiBella wrote on social media.
‘At the moment I have no specific information; I believe the Michigan commission and world rankings (organizations) are aware.
‘Michigan won’t verify something to me and advised me I must file a Freedom of Information Act request. I’ve not but heard from the sanctioning authorities. PED testing in boxing is a journey.’