Antonio Tarver has been suspended six months and fined $50,000 for testing positive for drugs before his fight with Steve Cunningham in August.
Antonio Tarver has been suspended six months by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board for testing positive for drugs, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Mannix.
The former light heavyweight champion’s failed drug test was first reported by SI.com in October.
Tarver, who tested positive for two banned substances before his split draw with Steve Cunningham in August, will also be fined $50,000.
According to Mannix’s report, Tarver will get credit for the time he serves during his suspension, but the suspension won’t be lifted until he pays the fine.
From a test issued on August 11, Tarver’s results were “consistent with [the] exogenous origin of testosterone and 5a-androstanediol metabolite,” according to documents provided by Cunningham’s attorney Pat English.
Despite knowing about the positive results since September, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board did not publicly discipline Tarver until Thursday.
The 47-year-old has denied any wrongdoing.