Toney's suspension reduced

Updated: 09 August 2007 15:35 IST

Former world champion James Toney's suspension for steroid use has been reduced to six months by the California State Athletic Commission.

Los Angeles:

Former world champion James Toney's suspension for steroid use has been reduced to six months by the California State Athletic Commission.

Commission executive officer Armando Garcia said Tuesday that the commission voted 6-1 to cut Toney's suspension in half. He will be eligible to fight again on November 24.

Toney, who has denied he knowingly ingested any banned substance, spoke before a commission hearing on Monday. His attorney, Arnold Joseph, and the fighter's promoter, Dan Goossen also spoke.

Toney, who has held titles in three weight classes, and Danny Batchelder each tested positive for steroids after their May 24 fight in San Jose, California, won by Toney on a split decision. Both were given one-year suspensions, effective from that date.

Each fighter appealed his suspension. Batchelder didn't appear at the hearing, so he remains suspended for one year.

Topics : Athletics
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