USADA announced today that ring legend Erik Morales has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has received a two-year sanction as a result of his violation. Morales, 36, tested positive for Clenbuterol, in two separate urine samples collected out-of-competition on October 3, 2012 and October 10, 2012 in Mexico. Clenbuterol is a prohibited Anabolic Agent under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Both samples were collected as part of an anti-doping testing program conducted by USADA for a professional boxing match that took place on October 20, 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.
The suspension has no teeth, however, as Morales has indicated that he will no longer fight in the United States, but intends to compete in a farewell fight in Tijuana. Controversially, despite the positive tests, Morales’ fight with Danny Garcia was allowed to go on as scheduled, unlike fights involving bother boxers who failed random drug tests such as Andre Berto and Lamont Peterson.
According to USADA, Morales has been offered the opportunity to participate in the full, fair legal process under the rules, but has indicated that he would not like to move forward with the independent arbitration process, and as a result, “has received a two-year period of ineligibility and the disqualification of all competitive results obtained subsequent to October 3, 2012, including the forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.”