Panel hands Slowey three-year drug ban

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GLAS­GOW boxer Jon Slowey has been hit with a three-year ban after test­ing pos­i­tive for drugs fol­low­ing a Eu­ro­pean ti­tle bout,

The 26-year-old feath­er­weight has been sus­pended from all sport un­til Septem­ber 2018 by an in­de­pen­dent Na­tional Anti-Dop­ing Panel for what was his sec­ond vi­o­la­tion in­volv­ing re­cre­ational drugs.

He pre­vi­ously served a four-month sus­pen­sion in 2010 after test­ing pos­i­tive for cannabis.

Slowey’s sam­ple was found to con­tain traces of me­tab­o­lites of co­caine when he was tested after suf­fer­ing a unan­i­mous de­feat at the hands of Carmine Tom­ma­sone in Cam­pa­nia in Septem­ber last year.

Ukad chief ex­ec­u­tive Nicole Sap­stead said: “Whether it was an ath­lete’s in­ten­tion to cheat or not, they are solely re­spon­si­ble for any pro­hib­ited sub­stance that is found to be in their sys­tem.”

Slowey, who last fought in March when he suf­fered a points de­feat to Jamie McGuire at Bel­la­hous­ton Leisure Cen­tre, had been tipped as a fu­ture cham­pion after com­pil­ing a record of 19 wins prior to his de­feat by Tom­ma­sone.

His sus­pen­sion has been back­dated to the time of the of­fence.

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