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Eric Molina suspended two years for failed drug test

Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory agent present in Tribedoce DX shots

Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina Press Conference Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

After his December 2016 loss to Anthony Joshua, Eric Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory agent. Molina admitted to taking Tribedoce DX, an over-the-counter multivitamin shot, on the day of the fight, and UK Anti-Doping admitted that he “did not look to cheat.”

He was just suspended for two years. Not two years dating back to the failed test, as one would imagine, but two years from the start of his “provisional suspension” on October 28th, 2017.

Molina was slated to face Mariusz Wach in Warsaw this weekend, so no telling how that’s going to be affected.

This is bizarre on multiple levels. Even with the “logistics of Molina being based in another country,” the fact that it took UKAD this long to pass a ruling is absurd. Dating the suspension to an arbitrary date in 2017 is absurd. Banning the guy for two years when the likes of Luis Nery, Luis Ortiz, and Canelo Alvarez get a few months and a bonus for good behavior is absurd.

Fighters obviously do have a responsibility to know exactly what they’re putting in their body, but when the agency admits the guy wasn’t trying to cheat, what’s the point of throwing the book at him?

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