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Bute and DC Commission reach settlement over doping

Fighters Network
25
Nov

Super middleweight Lucian Bute reached a settlement with the DC Boxing Commission that will allow him to resume his career after his positive drug test for the banned substance ostarine following his draw with WBC titleholder Badou Jack on April 30 at the DC Armory, Bute’s promoter, Yvon Michel, announced on Friday.

The decision of their fight is now expected to change to either a DQ or a no-contest to reflect Bute’s tainted performance, according to DC Boxing Commission Chairman Adam Weers. As part of the settlement, Bute has agreed to contribute $50,000 within a period of 90 days to the WBC Clean Boxing Program, which Bute was enrolled in when he tested positive for ostarine. Bute also agreed that his boxing license will be suspended by the commission for a period of six months, retroactive to May 6, so he’s cleared to fight, according to a news release sent out on Friday.

Bute maintains the positive drug test was the result of the “contamination of nutritional supplements” prescribed by his conditioning coach, which was created by a laboratory in California, according to the release. The DC Boxing Commission accepts this explanation, Weers said.

However, since Bute (32-3-1, 25 knockouts) did fight on April 30 with a banned substance in his system — no matter how it got there — the bout’s decision is expected to change, Weers told RingTV.com on Friday. The decision will likely be altered to a DQ or a no-contest; a formal announcement won’t come until next week when the administrator in charge of enforcing the DC Commission’s regulations will return on Monday from a vacation. Despite the positive drug test, Bute is still ranked No. 8 by the WBC at super middleweight, and he said he’s looking forward to fighting in early 2017.



“I am extremely happy that everything is now over,” Bute, a former titleholder, said in a prepared statement.  “I would like to thank my family and my spouse, Helena, all members of my team, Christian Ganescu, the Grant brothers, Groupe Yvon Michel, my manager, Al Haymon, my lawyer, Howard Jacob, and my friends, fans and supporters who were many to support me and to encourage and trust me during these dark and painful hours of my life. I would also like to thank the members of the Athletic Committee of the District of Columbia and its Chairman, Mr. Adam Weers, for listening and understanding, as well as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for giving me the benefit of the doubt and keeping me in the rankings of the best super middleweight challengers.”

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