Boxer due for May 19 Vegas fight fails drug test

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxer Lamont Peterson failed a drug test, putting a May 19 light-welterweight rematch in Las Vegas against former title holder Amir Khan in doubt, a Nevada boxing official said Tuesday.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxer Lamont Peterson failed a drug test, putting a May 19 light-welterweight rematch in Las Vegas against former title holder Amir Khan in doubt, a Nevada boxing official said Tuesday.

Peterson, 28, the current WBA (super) and IBF light welterweight champion, tested unacceptably high for synthetic testosterone in a urine test administered in March by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, Nevada Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer said.

Separate tests on a second sample from the same time were positive May 2, Kizer said, citing a report he received Monday from Dr. Margaret Goodman, VADA chief executive, a former Nevada Athletic Commission member and ringside physician.

Goodman didn’t immediately respond to messages Tuesday.

"Unless there’s some real obvious and legitimate reason for the positive test, he’s not fighting," Kizer told The Associated Press.

Kizer said the 28-year-old Peterson isn’t currently licensed to fight in Nevada, but would usually get routine approval in the next several days for the fight scheduled next week at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Now, Peterson needs to win an appeal to the five-member commission, which isn’t scheduled to meet until May 21.

This March 13, 2012 file photo shows WBA and IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, left, of the United States, and British Boxer Amir Khan, posing following a news conference in London. A Nevada regulator says Peterson failed a drug test, and a May 19 rematch in Las Vegas against former title holder Khan is in doubt. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti, FIle)

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