GB amateur boxer Muhammad Ali is targetting a 2020 Olympic spot following a two-year ban for steroids.
The 21 year-old was flagged for Trenbolone last year while participating in the World Boxing Super Series for the British Lionhearts and was expecting to be back in action soon.
To his disappointment, Ali was given the full term by the UK Anti-Doping Agency and will not be able to fight until 2019 at the earliest.
Speaking to BBC sports editor Dan Roan, Ali said the outcome, “couldn’t have been any worse” as “all they caught me with was two nanograms. I can’t explain it.”
Outlining the situation further, Ali said: “I was trying to make 52kg and I wouldn’t want to put muscle on. I was literally trying to cut weight. It doesn’t make sense.
“I thought it would be a six-month suspension or something.
Ali was hoping to be part of the GB set-up leading up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, should boxing still have a place, and the youngster defiantly stated he’ll bid to get straight back in the squad when his suspension runs out.
“It 100% makes me more hungry. I want it more than ever now. Not 1% of me thought this would ever happen to me.
“There’s going to be people saying this and that. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m a bad guy,” he added.
The European silver medallist faces a tough ask rebuilding his reputation following the UKAD decision, whilst Team GB may not welcome him back with open arms.
For this reason, a pro move would potentially be the best road to take for Ali in the near future.