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J'Leon Love fails drug test, positive for diuretic after win on Mayweather card

Mayweather Promotions fighter J'Leon Love failed his post-fight drug test from his May 4 win over Gabriel Rosado in Las Vegas.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

J'Leon Love got a disputed win on May 4 against Gabriel Rosado on the Mayweather vs Guerrero undercard, but has failed his post-fight drug test in Nevada, testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.

Love, according to Keith Kizer of the state commission, faces a suspension and fine, which could be up to his entire $100,000 purse.

Those who recall a similar failed test from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2009, also for a diuretic, might remember talk that diuretics can act as masking agents for steroids, but it wouldn't seem as though, editorially speaking, that Love, 25, was trying to mask anything. The diuretic would appear to have been used for its exact, best-known purpose, as Love had a hell of a time making weight for the fight.

The fighter arrived very late to the weigh-in, causing he and Rosado to hit the scales last, after even Mayweather and Guerrero, and then Love weighed in at 161.5 pounds, over the 160-pound limit. He later did make weight, and the fight went on as scheduled.

Leonard Ellerbe says that the "Money Team" won't take this lightly, either:

"Floyd Mayweather does not condone this kind of behavior," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "It's totally unacceptable, and there will be additional repercussions internally."

So it doesn't look like there will be any excuses made for this failed test.

The decision of the fight will likely be changed to a no-contest, too, as was the case for Chavez's 2009 win over Troy Rowland.

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