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Love fined $10K, suspended six months


Middleweight prospect J’Leon Love was fined $10,000 and suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday for his failed, 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.

In addition, the victory by Love (15-0, 8 knockouts) over Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) has been changed to a no-decision, according to NSAC executive director Keith Kizer.

Love, 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.

According to Kizer, Love earned $100,000 for his disputed win over Rosado, of Philadelphia, who dropped Love in the sixth round. Love’s suspension prevents him from making a planned appearance on the undercard of the Showtime Pay Per View televised clash between Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14.

“Love was fined $10,000, which represents 10 percent of his purse, and he has a six-month suspension, which means that he can’t fight on the September Mayweather-Alvarez card, and he can’t fight any earlier than Nov. 5,” said Kizer.

“He was on the Mayweather-Alvarez card, but he is off of that card. The win is no longer in existance. It’s a no-decision. So Rosado has one less loss on his record, and Love has one less win.”

In the immediate aftermath of Love’s infraction, an irate Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, called Love’s mistake “totally unacceptable,” adding, “there will be additional repercussions internally.”

“My fighter, I feel like he should have been more disciplined as far as making sure that he was getting his weight down a lot earlier. J’Leon Love should have gotten his weight down a lot earlier,” said Mayweather, while discussing Love’s issue on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., during the second stop of an 11-city tour promoting Mayweather-Alvarez.

“It was a dietary supplement. It wasn’t an enhancement drug. It was a dietary supplement to try to get those few pounds off. Was it right? Absolutely not. Do I condone it? Absolutely not. So if you’re wrong, you’re wrong. I’m not going to stand behind nobody that’s wrong. So we’ve got a new thing that has been set up, and Leonard [Ellerbe] can kind of touch on that subject and let you guys know what’s going on with that situation.”

As a result of Love’s infraction, Mayweather and Ellerbe told on Tuesday that Mayweather Promotions has taken steps to stregnthen its drug testing procedures with its fighters under the auspices of The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

“Basically, what we’ve done is that we took action internally where we’re having all of our fighters being tested randomly 365, 24-7. All of our fighters,” said Ellerbe.

“Just to show the seriousness, because Floyd has always been a strong advocate and proponent for boxing being a clean sport. It will be [administered by] USADA.”

Asked if Mayweather would be involved as well, the fighter said, “of course.” Mayweather already contractually requires random drug testing for both himself and his opponents through USADA for his fights.

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn-Golden Boy Promotions/Getty

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