Boxer banned for additional one month following breach of period of ineligibility

Boxer Eric Molina has been handed an additional one-month suspension from all sport, having breached Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) during an ongoing period of ineligibility.

Mr Molina tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance dexamethasone following an in-competition test, after a fight against Anthony Joshua on 11 December 2016. He was subsequently issued with a two-year period of ineligibility starting on the date the provisional suspension was issued, 28 October 2017.

ADR Article 10.12.1 states that an athlete who has been declared ineligible may not, during the period of ineligibility, participate in any capacity or assist any athlete participating in any capacity.

Information obtained by UKAD showed that Mr Molina had, during his period of ineligibility, engaged in six sparring sessions with professional boxer, Joseph Parker, in preparation for his fight against Dillian Whyte on 28 July 2018.

Therefore, Mr Molina has been issued with an additional one-month period of ineligibility effective from 28 October 2019 to 27 November 2019 inclusive.

UKAD’s Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “Anyone issued with a ban from sport following an ADRV, whether that be an athlete or athlete support person, has a responsibility to ensure they do not breach the terms of that suspension.

“This is not the first time we’ve seen a breach in recent months and anyone found to have breached the terms of their ban risks being suspended from sport for a prolonged period of time.”

The period of ineligibility shall apply from 28 October 2019 until midnight on 27 November 2019.