Two-time world heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola has been suspended from boxing following the second positive drugs test of his career.
The 34 year-old Californian submitted a post-fight sample to officials that contained traces of marijuana, leading to Arreola’s recent December win over rival Travis Kauffman in Texas being declared a no contest.
Arreola had initially been award a split decision 114-113 (twice) and 113-114 on the judges scorecards at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, although has now dropped back to 36-4-1 following the decision made by the Texas Commission this week.
Pennsylvanian Kauffman put Arreola on the canvas in the third round of their content, but was unable to capitalize on the night and will be relieved to have the loss removed from his C.V.
Kauffman’s record now reads 30-1 once again.
The failure for Arreola comes four and a half years on from a similar situation involving the top division contender back in 2011, when a one-sided points triumph over Nigerian also-ran Friday Ahunanya at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City was also scratched from the record books.
Nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’, Arreola now faces being closely monitored by the sport’s relevant authorities ahead of a possible return to the ring in the coming months.