Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Boxing [Print without images]

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
J'Leon Love fails drug test

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Middleweight prospect J'Leon Love failed a drug test following his controversial 10-round split decision win against Gabriel Rosado on May 4, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer said Wednesday.

Love was one of two boxers on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to flunk drug tests. Super middleweight Matthew Garretson (2-1, 1 KO), 26, of Charleston, W.Va., who was knocked out in the final round of a four-round preliminary fight against Mayweather-promoted Lanell Bellows, also failed a test.

Love, 25, of Detroit, who is promoted by Mayweather, drew the pound-for-pound king's ire for the failed test. Mayweather, after all, has been vocal for the past few years in his calls for strict random drug testing in boxing.

"Floyd Mayweather nor myself condone this behavior and whatever the Nevada commission sees necessary as punishment we fully support it," Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com. "In addition, there will be repercussions behind this as it relates to Mayweather Promotions and our fighter. This news is disgusting."

Rosado tweeted, "I just got news that J'Leon Love tested positive for (an) illegal substance. So not only did the judges cheat me but so did Love."

Love (16-0, 8 KOs), according to Kizer, tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide while Garretson tested positive for Furosemide, another kind of diuretic.

Diuretics are typically used to help cut weight or used as a masking agent for steroids. In Love's case, he struggled severely to make the 160-pound weight limit for the fight with Rosado.

Love was two hours late for the weigh-in and then was 161½ pounds on his first attempt to make weight. He returned to the scale nearly an hour later -- almost maxing out the time allotted to make weight -- and was 160 pounds.

"My guess is that's when he took it, allegedly. He may have taken it then or right before the weigh-in, because he was two hours late," Kizer said.

Kizer said both fighters will be temporarily suspended and eventually face a hearing before the commission, perhaps as soon as the mid-June commission meeting.

Kizer said he would seek a suspension and fine against both fighters. If Love's positive test is upheld, the result of the fight will be changed to a no decision. The result of the Garretson fight will stand because he lost.

"The usual suspension for a diuretic is seven to eight months, but the commission can go up to a year, depending on the circumstances," Kizer said.

The commission can also fine a boxer up to 100 percent of his purse but in the case of a positive diuretic test, Kizer said the commission typically hands out a fine of 30 percent. Love made $100,000 while Garretson earned $3,000.