It was a busy day for the Nevada State Athletic Commission at its monthly meeting on Thursday, when it meted out several suspensions to boxers and MMA fighters because of failed drug tests. Among the boxers disciplined were junior welterweight John Molina Jr., lightweight Raymundo Beltran and middleweight Shane Mosley Jr.
Molina was suspended for seven months and fined $90,000 and must produce a clean test in order to be relicensed. The fine represented 20 percent of the career-high $450,000 purse he earned in his March 7 fight at the MGM Grand against Adrien Broner.
Following a near-shutout loss to Broner -- Molina's third defeat in a row -- his urine tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic. Diuretics, which are banned substances, are used to assist in weight loss and as a masking agent for steroids.
Molina (27-6, 22 KOs), 32, of Covina, California, and his trainer, Joe Goossen, testified that making weight was not an issue for Molina during training camp.
"As soon as I got the phone call about the test I was very concerned," Molina told the commission. "I lost sleep. First and foremost, I can guarantee this won't happen again. I don't know how this happened to me. My only way of thinking how it may have happened was a contaminated supplement."
Questioned by commissioner Pat Lundvall about whether he had any of the supplements remaining, Molina said whatever was left was thrown away before the weigh-in, which did not sit well with Lundvall or the other commissioners.
Molina's suspension is retroactive to the day of the fight -- as are all of the suspensions -- meaning he is eligible to reapply for a license on Oct. 7.
Beltran, 33, a native of Mexico living in Phoenix, tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanazol following his second-round knockout win against Takahiro Ao on May 1 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The fight was supposed to be for a vacant lightweight world title, but Beltran failed to make weight and therefore was not eligible to win the belt. When he knocked out Ao, the title remained vacant. Beltran made matters worse by failing the drug test.
The commission suspended Beltran for nine months and fined him $25,500 -- 30 percent of his $85,000 purse -- and also said he must produce a clean drug test before he would be relicensed.
Beltran's victory was also changed to a no-contest, meaning his record reverts to 29-7-1 with 17 knockouts.
Beltran offered little in the way of a defense, saying only that his nutritionist suggested he take the substance. The commission, surprised by the comment, asked for the nutritionist's name and contact information.
Mosley, the 24-year-old son of former pound-for-pound king and three-division world champion Shane Mosley Sr., tested positive for an amphetamine -- Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- following his 51-second knockout victory against Jason Kelly on June 27 in a Big Knockout Boxing card at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Although Mosley (4-1, 4 KOs) had a prescription for Adderall, he did not notify the commission on his prefight questionnaire or seek a therapeutic use exemption. Mosley was suspended for seven months and fined $6,250 -- 25 percent of his $25,000 purse. Because BKB bouts are not official boxing contests, his boxing record will remain the same, although the victory was changed to a no-contest on his BKB record, meaning he is officially 0-0 in BKB bouts.
Although Mosley will be eligible to fight again in January, the suspension has already cost him at least two fights. He was scheduled to fight on the Sergey Kovalev-Nadjib Mohammedi undercard at Mandalay Bay on July 25 and on the undercard of his father's rematch with Ricardo Mayorga, which is scheduled for Aug. 29 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.