Report: Antonio Tarver Latest Boxer to Test Positive for Steroids

Mick AkersAnalyst IJune 22, 2012

TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 12: Antonio Tarver celebrates beating Clinton Woods during the IBO, IBF light-Heavyweight title fight on April 12, 2008 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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Fresh off the controversial Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley decision, boxing has been delivered yet another black eye, as former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver has tested positive for steroids, according to The Ring magazine.

The blood test that came up positive was administered after Tarver's June 2 bout with Lateef Kayode that ended in a draw.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has put Tarver on suspension and fined the boxer $2,500 from the $1.1 million he earned for the bout.

According to CSAC executive director George Dodd, the result of the match will soon be changed to a no-decision, nullifying the anticlimactic draw that took place earlier this month.

"Mr Tarver did test positive for a banned substance. Mr. Tarver has been notified and can make a determination on what the next step is through his legal counsel. Mr. Tarver's A sample came back positive," Dodd told The Ring.

Tarver is the latest big-name fighter to test positive for a banned substance in the past few months, as Lamont Peterson (per ESPN) and Andre Berto (per ESPN) both tested positive for banned substances before their bouts took place—not after, as was the case with Tarver.

With the slew of fighters testing positive as of late, the sport of boxing, its promoters and state athletic commissions must push for strict, unified drug-testing throughout, in order to clean up a sport that doesn't need any more bad luck thrown its way.