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Morales tests positive for banned substance prior to bout with Garcia

Erik Morales (right) had been vying for the welterweight title held by Danny Garcia (left). (AP)


BROOKLYN -- The U.S. Anti Doping Agency, which is administering blood and urine testing for Danny Garcia’s junior welterweight title defense against Mexican legend Erik Morales, has found “irregularities” in Erik Morales’s ‘A’ sample, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told

Schaefer declined to disclose what substance Morales tested positive for.

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According to Schaefer, USADA informed Golden Boy on Tuesday of the irregularities. On Wednesday, USADA informed both camps and the New York State Athletic Commission of the positive test.

“USADA has now started the process,” Schaefer told “The process will play out. There is not going to be a rush to judgement. Morales is a legendary fighter. And really, nobody deserves a rush to judgement. You are innocent until proven guilty.”

Schaefer said as of Thursday night, the fight with Garcia was still on. Garcia-Morales headlines a show at the new $1 billion Barclays Center and is one of four world title fights on the card. In the event Garcia-Morales is canceled, the show -- which will be broadcast on Showtime -- is still expected to go on.

-- Chris Mannix