News | May 22 2018

Anthony Joshua opponent fails drug test

Former world heavyweight title challenger Eric Molina has been hit with a two-year ban following a failed performance-enhancing drug test, writes Elliot Worsell
Eric Molina
Eric Molina  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

SEEMS The Verve were right. The drugs don’t work. They just make you worse.

American heavyweight Eric Molina, known to UK fans for being thumped to the canvas in round three of a miserable heavyweight title challenge against Anthony Joshua, failed a performance-enhancing drug test for dexamethasone and has been suspended for two years.

The 36-year-old reportedly flunked an in-competition test on December 11, 2016, following his fight with Joshua, and was then charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) pursuant to Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – ‘Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample.’