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Manuel Charr gets 6 month suspension for failed drug test

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Two urine samples from Charr tested positive for anabolic steroids.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Manuel Charr during a press conference to announce his upcoming Heavyweight bout against David Haye at Manchester Arena on May 1, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The WBA’s ‘regular’ world titleholder, Manuel Charr, has officially received a six month suspension from the sanctioning body as a result of his previously failed drug test. Charr (31-4, 17 KO) was scheduled to take on Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KO) on Sept. 29 but that fight fell apart once Charr tested dirty, despite Charr maintaining his innocence.

Two anabolic steroids, Epitrenbolone and drostanolone, we detected by VADA in a Aug. 31 urine sample from Charr, and the ‘B’ sample turned out to confirm those results. With the results of those tests the WBA had no other choice by to suspend Charr for six months pursuant to their rules.

Charr has additionally been ordered to undergo continual drug testing by VADA as he serves his suspension. Charr, 34, hasn’t fought since taking a unanimous decision over Alexander Ustinov one year ago, and he’s only fought three times since the start of 2016. He now won’t be back until 2019 at the earliest.