Joe Cusumano Fails Anti-Doping Test

Matchroom have confirmed another fighter has has failed an anti-doping test, returning an adverse analytical finding. Joe Cusumano returned the adverse analytical finding having stopped, and potentially retired, Adam Kownacki on 24 June 2023. He has fallen foul of the anti-doping protocol, but further details are unknown at this time regarding what substance he has allegedly taken.

This follows the increasing number of boxers to have recently returned adverse analytical findings. In the past 12 months, at Matchroom, the following fighters have returned adverse analytical findings:

Robert Helenius (Vs. Anthony Joshua)

Dillian Whyte (Prior to Anthony Joshua)

Alycia Baumgardner (Vs. Christina Linardatou)

Conor Benn (Prior to Chris Eubank Jr.)

Joe Cusumano, an American heavyweight, is the fifth name to join this list. He previously fought and lost to Daniel Dubois in the first round. Matchroom released the following statement:

Matchroom can today confirm that Joe Cusumano returned an adverse analytical finding as part of an anti-doping protocol mandated by the New York State Athletic Commission following his bout with Adam Kownacki on 24 June.

We understand a process is underway with the New York State Athletic Commission and Matchroom now defers to the applicable regulatory authorities on the next steps.

Whilst we are disappointed by the news, this reaffirms Matchroom’s ultimate desire to regularly test active fighters and ensure we continue to promote a clean and fair sport for all our athletes.

We will not be making any further comment.

Posted on X.com, via @MatchroomBoxing 05 September 2023 09:32 p.m

In addition to the list of names above, both Amir Khan and Zolani Tete are notable named to have reported failed tests this year. Amir Khan’s failed test stemmed from his January 2022 bout with Kell Brook, but was only announced earlier this year. Zolani Tete’s failed test sems from his 2022 bout vs Jason Cunningham, which he won via KO.

Tete has since received a 4 year ban, whilst Amir Khan received a 2 year ban, and has since retired.

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