Reno boxer Joey Gilbert fined $10,000 for Steroids

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Suspended boxer Joey Gilbert agreed on Tuesday
to pay a $10,000 fine for a positive steroid test as part of a settlement with the Nevada Athletic Commission that will allow him to return to the ring as soon as Sept. 22.

Gilbert agreed to the fine and a one-year suspension retroactive to his last fight nearly a year ago. In exchange, the panel dropped all but one charge related to a banned substances found in his system - a metabolite from an anabolic steroid.

The dropped charges related to amphetamine, methamphetamine, oxazepam, diazepam and nordiazepam.

The 31-year-old Reno middleweight gained international attention on the NBC reality series "The Contender" in 2005. He was temporarily suspended when he tested positive for the substances after his knockout victory over Charles Howe in Reno last Sept. 21.

A licensed lawyer who was a three-time national collegiate champion at Nevada, Gilbert has a 16-1 record with 12 knockouts as a professional.

The methamphetamine charge was dropped in November after the lead physician at Quest Diagnostics Las Vegas laboratory wrote the commission saying: "It is very doubtful that Mr. Gilbert's post-fight sample contains methamphetamine."

Testing of Gilbert's B sample earlier in November confirmed Quest's statement.

Gilbert said the amphetamine along with oxazepam, diazepam, nordiazepam were remnants of his prescription drugs Adderall and

He said he has used Adderall for about seven years for attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He said he uses Valium to help him sleep.

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