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Sheffield boxer banned for two years after failed drugs test

Sheffield boxer Abdel Barry Awad, commonly known as Kid Galahad has been banned from boxing for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.

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The 25-year-old was found guilty of using Stanozolol after traces of the drug were found in a urine sample given last September.

The National Anti-Doping Panel has handed him a two-year ban until September 2016, but he says he appealing against it - claiming his drink was spiked by his brother.

The Panel says it cannot make any further comment until the appeal process has been dealt with.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) can confirm an independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) has issued a decision to Abdul-Barry Awad (also known as Kid Galahad), his legal team, the relevant national governing body and UKAD.

UKAD is subject to strict confidentiality restrictions imposed by the WADA Code, and therefore, to protect the rights of all involved, until a conclusion of any appeal windows or appeal we are unable to provide further comment.

Once due legal process is concluded, all anti-doping rule violations are published on the UK Anti-Doping website.

– UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) statement

Jamie McDonnell retains world title

Title retained Credit: PA

Doncaster boxer Jamie McDonnell has retained his WBA belt against Tomoki Kameda in Texas.

Despite being floored in the third round, McDonnell but was able to retain his WBA bantamweight championship with a unanimous decision victory on his United States debut.

Three scores of 114-113 were enough to reward McDonnell with victory and hand his Japanese counterpart with a first career defeat at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.


Olympic Boxing champion's stolen car found

Police investigating a burglary at Olympic Boxing Champion Nicola Adam's home have recovered her car this morning.

Olympic and Commonwealth medallist Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

Adams and other family members were at home at the time but were not aware of the break-in. Burglars took two cars, training kit and valuable personal possessions.

The Leeds boxer's grey Hyundai Veloster Turbo was found at around 8.20am today parked in Sandringham Way in Alwoodley after a member of the public called the police to report it having been left there.

Unfortunately the boxing equipment and other items that were in the boot when it was stolen were no longer in the vehicle.

We would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle being left in Sandringham Way any time after it was stolen on Wednesday morning.

The silver Ford Focus TDCi, registration YH09DLU, that was also stolen in the burglary remains outstanding at this time. We would still like to hear from anyone who has seen that vehicle or who knows its current whereabouts."

– Det Constable Will Tsang, West Yorkshire Police

The gold medallist had been due to fight in the national championships this weekend but pulled out due to the burglary.

Nicola Adams thanks fans for messages of support

Nicola Adams has thanked fans for their messages of support after she was forced to pull out of this weekend's England Boxing Elite National Championships, following a burglary at her home in Leeds.

Nicola Adams withdraws from tournament after burglary

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams has withdrawn from this weekend's English National Championships after a burglary at her home in Leeds.

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Adams and other family members were at home at the time but were not aware of the break-in. Burglars took two cars, training kit and valuable personal possessions.

Adams had been due to contest the women's 51kg flyweight division including a prospective final showdown against her Great Britain rival Lisa Whiteside.

Nothing makes me prouder than boxing on home ground with the support I get from the nation.

So, after much thought and discussion with England Boxing, I'm deeply regretful to have to pull out. It's not an easy time for me and my family. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support - the boxing team, the police and all my supporters.

– Nicola Adams

Adams had been due to fight on Saturday in what would have been her first fight in England since her gold medal triumph at London 2012.


Boxing twins from Doncaster drop into Calendar studio

This coming Thursday, Doncaster's world boxing champion Jamie McDonnell will fly out to Texas to prepare for his biggest challenge to date.

He takes on fellow world champion, unbeaten Tomoki Kameda from Japan, in a bantamweight unification fight on 9th May.

Jamie and his twin brother Gavin, a European super bantamweight champion, joined Duncan and Christine in the ITV Calendar studio:

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