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Lem's latest: Love tests positive for diuretic after Rosado bout
Undefeated middleweight prospect J'Leon Love and super middleweight Matthew Garretson tested positive for banned diuretics following their fights on the May 4 undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero fight.
Undefeated middleweight prospect J'Leon Love failed his post-fight drug examination following his split-decision victory over Gabriel Rosado that took place on the May 4 undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Kizer said that Love (16-0, 8 knockouts), who is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, tested postive for the weight-loss drug Hydrochlorothiazide. The Michigan native had struggled to make weight for the 10-round bout, having initially weighed in at 161.5 pounds before shedding a pound and a half.
Matthew Garretson (2-1, 1 KO), who was stopped by Lanell Bellews on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard, also tested positive for the weight-cutting drug Furosemide. Kizer said that each fighter faces a suspension and a fine of up to the full amount of their purses.
According to Kizer, Love earned $100,000 for his disputed victory over Rosado, of Philadelphia, who dropped him in the sixth round. Garretson made $3,000 during his fourth-round knockout loss to Bellows.
"Floyd Mayweather does not condone this kind of behavior," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "It's totally unacceptable, and there will be additional repercussions internally."
Kizer said that the fighters' will have an opportunity to have their respective cases reviewed as part of the NSAC's commission agenda in mid-June.
"I've notified the promoters and I've notified their people. There will be a complaint filed on both of the fighters sometime this week or early next week, and I will also place them on temporary suspension pending a hearing, likely in mid-June," said Kizer.
"In the past, when fighters have been found guilty of using diuretics, they've been suspended anywhere from seven to nine months, and they've been fined about or approximately a third of their purse. If they won the fight, then the result was changed to a no-decision. Garretson lost the fight, so that decision will stand."
JAMES DEGALE TO FACE SEBASTIAN DEMERS ON FRIDAY
Great Britain super middleweight James DeGale, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will make pursue his fifth straight victory and against Sebastian Demers, of, Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on WealthTV from the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.
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