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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mickey Bey Jr. tests positive

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Unbeaten lightweight Mickey Bey Jr., who knocked out Robert Rodriguez in a nationally televised bout earlier this month, has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, the Nevada State Athletic Commission said Tuesday.

Nevada commission executive director Keith Kizer said Bey's testosterone to epitestosterone ratio (T/E) was greater than 30-1. Nevada allows a ratio of 6-1.

Kizer said Bey's T/E ratio was the second-highest ever in Nevada history, with another fighter once having a ratio of more than 60-1. Elevated testosterone suggests steroid usage.

"A complaint for disciplinary action has been filed against Mr. Bey," Kizer said.

He added that Bey, who knocked out Rodriguez in the third round Feb. 2 at the Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas, likely will have a hearing before the commission in April.

"The commission will decide then on any discipline, including making the bout a no contest," Kizer said.

Bey faces up to a one-year suspension and could be fined up to the entirety of his $8,000 purse, Kizer said.

Bey (19-0-1, 10 KOs), 30, of Cleveland, was a standout amateur and a hot prospect but has been plagued by inactivity. He was fighting for the first time in 15 months following a split from promoter Top Rank. He had signed with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s promotional company and was being trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. for the fight with Rodriguez.

Kizer said all of the other fighters on the card tested negative for banned substances.