Felix Sturm tests positive for Stanozolol, WBA champion reacts
The World Boxing Association have informed Felix Sturm that he tested positive for banned steroid Stanozolol in the wake of his championship victory over Fedor Chudinov.
The 37 year-old defeated Chudinov on February 20 to become five-time world champion in Oberhausen but now faces a two-year suspension if the findings are upheld.
A two-weight WBA title holder, Sturm reacted to being contacted with the news on Friday night.
“At first I was shocked. This is all very strange, especially that it took eight weeks until the came to light,” Sturm told the SID.
“I was certainly a hundred times tested in my career, with the blood and urine. There has never been anything and I have an absolutely clear conscience. I’m going to get a lawyer. I did not work 26 years for this. I always like to fight in the ring like a lion.”
Testing of the B sample has already been requested by Sturm and his team as the German begins the fight to clear his name.
Sturm’s case is the latest in a long line of high-profiles failures, the most recent of which were ex-European champions Erkan Teper and Igor Mikhalkin, plus heavyweight champion Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne, veteran top division contender Antonio Tarver and former world title challenger Tony Thompson.