Middleweight boxer Joey Gilbert was "shocked" by a report he tested positive for a combination of illegal substances and will launch an independent probe to clear his name before the Nevada Athletic Commission.
That's the word from his publicist, Julie Peaua, in response tonight to a newspaper report that Gilbert has been temporarily suspended due to the drug test pending his appearance before the five-member commission.
The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported on its Web site today that Gilbert tested positive for a steroid, methamphetamine and amphetamine.
Gilbert says there's no doubt he'll be exonerated. He told the Gazette-Journal "there's an absolute explanation for this."
The newspaper report cited a complaint for disciplinary action and notice of hearing issued by the Nevada Attorney General's office. It said Gilbert tested positive after submitting to a urinalysis before and immediately after he defended his United States middleweight title Sept. 21 against Charles Howe.
Gilbert knocked Howe out in the first round of their scheduled 10-rounder.
He has 20 days to appear before the commission.