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Nino suspended nine months and fined

Former WBC light flyweight champion Omar Nino has been suspended from fighting in the United States for nine months and fined $18,750 for a positive methamphetamine test following his controversial November draw against Brian Viloria, a fight that took place on the undercard of Pacquiao/Morales III.

Nino, 30, denies usage of the drug, but tested positive following urinalysis after the fight. He is the first fighter in Nevada history to test positive for methamphetamine. He submitted a hair sample on January 31, which tested negative, but the commission ruled that the hair was too short, and that the sample was given too late to have detected anything from the fight against Viloria.

With the title vacant, former champion Viloria will fight Edgar Sosa on April 14 to crown a new champion. In other fights that night, Manny Pacquiao will take on Jorge Solis, and Jorge Arce will face Cristian Mijares.

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