United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) have confirmed super bantamweight Kid Galahad, real name Barry Awad, has been suspended from all sport for two years following a positive test last year.
The 25 year-old was found to have illegal levels of a metabolite of stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, after being tested after his fight on 20 September for which Galahad initially blamed his brother for spiking his drink as a joke.
Galahad has now been disqualified from his victory over Adeilson Dos Santos, which the Sheffield fighter won on points to claim the IBF Youth title, and has lost all monies gain from his purse for the bout at Ponds Forge Arena.
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead has this to say on the matter:
“Kid Galahad is one of the country’s leading boxing talents and through his own actions he has jeopardised his promising career, and his reputation.
“All athletes, at all levels, need to understand the importance of Strict Liability – they are solely responsible for any banned substance that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there was an intention to cheat or not.
“The principle of Strict Liability can be challenging for an athlete. They have to ensure that they understand the anti-doping rules and that their family, friends, coaches and athlete support personnel understand them too. They need to be aware of the risks their career faces if they test positive, and manage that risk at all times.”
The Yorkshireman will be eligible to fight again in September 2016 upon the completion of his punishment.