Commonwealth middleweight champion and rising contender Liam Cameron has been suspended for failing a drug test.
The regional champion has had his boxing license suspended and could potentially have his title stripped. Cameron issued a statement to British publication The Star and has denied any wrongdoing.
"I have nothing to hide. There are even suggestions I might have taken cocaine. That's rubbish, I've never taken anything like that in my life. I would rather be stripped of the title, go out on my shield, and then prove my innocence. Then I will come back and win it again," Cameron said.
Having held the Commonwealth title since 2017, Cameron made his first title defense earlier this year when he stopped Nicky Jenman back in late April. Cameron believes one reason for his failed drug test was his body producing a “metabolic acid” from taking antibiotics for a toothache.
"I had right bad toothache before the fight and was given a course of antibiotics. My body reacted to that by producing a very small amount of metabolic acid which seems the most likely cause of the test results," Cameron said.
Since losing a 2016 fight against Zac Dunn for the Commonwealth super middleweight title, Cameron won the Commonwealth middleweight belt and defended his title against Jenman, a feat that has Cameron currently ranked in the top 15 of the IBF’s 160-pound rankings. Cameron was hoping to go down the IBF road to a middleweight world title with the title currently vacant and likely being contested by Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.