African Boxing Union champ Nkosi tests positive for banned substance

2013-02-14 00:00

AFRICAN Boxing Union champion Keith Nkosi has tested positive for taking a banned substance only three weeks after South African lightweight champion Viwe Mdletyeni was suspended for 15 months for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Nkosi will first face an SA Institute of Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) disciplinary hearing. The verdict could see him stripped of his title and given a two-year suspension.

Boxing SA director of operations Loyiso Mtya said SAIDS told him yesterday that illegal stimulants were found in Nkosi’s system.

Nkosi’s urine sample was tested before his bout with Warren Joubert in December, a fight in which he was crowned African Boxing Union lightweight champion.

Nkosi’s manager and trainer, Harold Volbrecht, said he had received the SAIDS report and that his boxer would seek a second opinion. “I have spoken to Nkosi and he doesn’t agree with the SAIDS report and will wait for sample B results, which are coming out sometime next week and we will take it from there.”

In a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday for the Saturday Golden Gloves Danger Zone tournament, Mtya disclosed that Boxing SA and SAIDS are considering harsher sentences for doping boxers.

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