Anthony Joshua Opponent Eric Molina Banned For Two Years
Eric Molina as been banned for two years for failing a drug test following his defeat by Anthony Joshua .
The American was stopped in the third round in December 2016 and then tested positive for the banned steroid dexamethasone.
Molina, 36, has fought twice since losing to Joshua and is due to face Mariusz Wach in Poland on Friday.
His ban runs from the date of the provisional suspension – October 28, 2017 – until October 27, 2019.
“Every athlete is solely responsible for what is in their system and must adhere to the strict liability principle,” said UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead.
Anthony Joshua (left) stands over Eric Molina during their IBF World Heavyweight Championship bout at the Manchester Arena
Molina was crushed by Joshua (Image: PA)
“All athletes at any level should familiarise themselves with the Wada Prohibited List and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping regulations.”
Molina claimed the failed test was a result of a vitamin injection.
He said: “It’s an anti inflammatory that was from a b-12 injection. I never paid much attention to it. I thought to myself how can I get banned for two years for an anti inflammatory and others get six months for actual steroid use?”