Boxing commission remove suspension of boxer following failed drug test
Drug testing scandals are never too far away from the boxing world with most fighters who get caught often vehemently claiming their innocence.
In the last year alone, British heavyweight Dillian Whyte failed a test in the last few days before his proposed fight with Anthony Joshua last summer, and Conor Benn’s own infamous situation following a failed drug test has yet to be resolved satisfactorily.
Also last year, undisputed super-featherweight ruler Alycia Baumgardner returned an adverse finding in one of the drug tests conducted after her world title win over Christina Linardatou, last July.
A message posted on X by DAZN’s Chris Mannix confirmed the news:
“The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) is expected to remove Alycia Baumgardner from its suspended list next week, sources told @SInow. Baumgardner, the undisputed 130-pound champion, will be required to pass a drug test. If she does, she comes off the list.”
Alycia Baumgarner was also found not guilty of intentional ingestion of a banned substance for performance enhancement purposes by the WBC midway through January. Click HERE to read their full statement.
Mannix then posted another message with some further frustrations:
“Maddeningly — for everyone, Baumgardner, reps for Christina Linardatou and, frankly, reporters — the Michigan commission has gone silent since it was revealed that AB tested positive for a banned substance last summer. A complete and embarrassing abdication of responsibility.”
Benn will be hoping he can get the same sort of conclusion to his own drug testing issues so that he is once again allowed to fight under the British Board of Control. Until then, he fights in Las Vegas this weekend against Pete Dobson, live on DAZN.