World Boxing News have been informed by the European Boxing Union that controversial German heavyweight Erkan Teper is suspended from the sport until July 2017.
Teper, 33, has caused outrage following reports of two failed drugs tests in the past, one of which happened before the Turkish-born puncher’s clash with Briton David Price over the summer.
It has emerged that a ban was imposed on Teper on the back of a failed test in 2014, although was cut to six months on appeal allowing the former EBU title holder to follow through with fights against Johann Duhaupas and Price – winning both.
The EBU have now moved to clarify the second suspension imposed as Teper tested positive after knocking Price out in two rounds.
“Erkan Teper is suspended by the EBU for two years until 17 July, 2017,” an EBU spokesperson told WBN.
Price’s promoter Kalle Sauerland was raging at the findings when speaking to WBN earlier this week and may move to get the loss scratched from the ex-British champion’s record. It’s the second time Price has been the victim of defeat against an opponent who tested positive following a similar situation against Tony Thompson.
Thompson halted Price in the Liverpudlian’s hometown twice in 2013 before doping claims emerged – something the American has always denied.
This latest episode with Teper only strengthens the case for tougher laws and the urgent need to set up one independent organisation to tackle all matters of steroid abuse in boxing.