‘Doping’ floors another lightweight boxer

2013-02-12 16:53

African Boxing Union champion Keith Nkosi has tested positive for taking a banned substance.

This only three weeks after South African lightweight champion Viwe Mdletyeni was suspended for 15 months for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Nkosi will, however, go through an SA Institute of Drug-Free Sport disciplinary hearing first, after which a verdict will be given. The boxer now runs the risk of being stripped of his title and a possible two-year suspension.

Boxing SA director of operations Loyiso Mtya confirmed that the SA Institute of Drug-Free Sport broke the news yesterday after a urine sample test that took place before Nkosi’s contest with Warren Joubert in December – a fight in which Nkosi was crowned African Boxing Union lightweight champion.

“I received a call yesterday from the SA Institute of Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) telling me that illegal stimulants were found in Nkosi’s system, but a full report will be released in due (course),” said Mtya.

Nkosi’s manager and trainer, Harold Volbrecht, said he had received the 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 held in Johannesburg today for the Saturday Golden Gloves Danger Zone tournament, Mtya also revealed that Boxing SA, together with the SAIDS, is considering ways to impose harsher sentences on doping boxers.

This may include boxers being banned for life from participating in the sport.

» This story was updated after first published to add Nkosi’s manager’s comment.

» The Danger Zone boxing event starts at 7.30pm on Saturday at Emperors Palace and will be broadcast live on SuperSport2 on DStv’s Channel 202.

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