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Heavyweight Luis Ortiz tests positive for steroids following win over Kayode

Luis Ortiz failed a drug test in Nevada, and now the heavyweight contender may be out for a year.

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

Luis Ortiz, who won the ultra pointless and bogus interim WBA heavyweight title on September 11 with a first round stoppage of Lateef Kayode, tested positive for the steroid nandrolone in his pre-fight urine sample, and will face a fine and suspension, as well as a possible overturning of his victory.

Ortiz, 35, stopped Kayode in 2:55 when referee Robert Byrd jumped in during an all-out attack from the Cuban southpaw, with Kayode not responding back with any punches of his own. The stoppage was slightly controversial, but now may not even matter.

Ortiz has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and will go in front of the commission on October 27. Since he's not Floyd Mayweather, it's expected they'll actually come up with some kind of punishment instead of patting him on the head and congratulating him on all his success.

"He could be fined, and typically, in my five months on the job, first-time offenders for a positive test for a diuretic usually get a nine-month suspension and first-time offenders for anabolic steroids usually get 12 months, depending on mitigating circumstance," [NSAC executive director Bob] Bennett said. "The punishment could increase, but it is not likely to decrease."

Ortiz could lose up to his full $80,000 purse in addition to the potential one-year suspension. He can likely not afford to lose the money, and certainly can't afford to lose a year of his boxing career.

The WBA has said that if the commission confirms the test failure, Ortiz will be removed as the mandatory challenger to their other fake champion, Ruslan Chagaev, but that he will have the right to appeal under WBA rules.

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