US heavyweight boxer Molina banned 2 years for doping

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LONDON (AP) American heavyweight Eric Molina was banned for two years for failing a drug test after losing to Anthony Joshua in December 2016, U.K. Anti-Doping said on Tuesday.

Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, a corticosteroid which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for in-competition use, in a routine test after the IBF heavyweight title bout at Manchester Arena.

Molina, who was stopped by Joshua in the third round, did not deny taking the substance or contest the anti-doping rule violation, but he did question the length of the ban.

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