Levens tests positive

Justin Levens, who was scheduled to fight Ray Lazama July 19 in the Affliction: "Banned" event, has been fined and suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for testing positive for the painkiller Oxymorphone.

Levens was fined $1,000 of his $6,000 fight purse and handed a six-month suspension that runs retroactively from July 19, 2008 through Jan. 15, 2009.

Levens' pre-fight sample came back positive, but the bout with Lazama was scrapped by the promotion due to time constraints after a delayed start when paramedics were late arriving at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

According to CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas, the nanogram cutoff for Oxymorhone is 120 ng/ml and Levens' sample tested at 10,141 ng/ml.

All 20 fighters scheduled to compete on the Affliction fight card were tested by the commission for drugs of abuse as well as steroids. The results of the steroid tests are still pending.

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