Salido suspended after steroids test

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

New IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido of Mexico could be stripped of his title after testing positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone.

Las Vegas:

New IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido of Mexico could be stripped of his title after testing positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone, a Nevada boxing official said on Thursday. "If he had steroids in his system, no matter how they got there, he shouldn't have been in the ring,'' said Keith Kizer, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director, on Thursday. Kizer said urine samples collected from both fighters before last Saturday's fight in Las Vegas were tested for steroids. Post-fight urine samples for banned stimulants came back negative. Salido, 25, who trains in Los Angeles, earned a unanimous decision over IBF 57-kilogram titleholder Robert Guerrero, 23, of the United States. Salido has been temporarily suspended for two months pending a hearing, Kizer said. No date was immediately set. The fighter faces a one-year suspension and up to a $250,000 fine, although Kizer said the commission might only fine Salido the $17,500 he was paid for the fight. The outcome of the bout could be changed to a no decision, which would let the IBF declare the title vacant. (AP)

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