According to a report from Halestorm Sports, veteran welterweight boxer Erik Morales (52-8-0 36 KOs) has tested positive for a banned substance leading up to his rematch with Danny Garcia (24-0-0, 15 KOs). The bout was scheduled to be the inaugural boxing event at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.
Halestorm Sports reports that the bout is still scheduled to take place, but Garcia’s WBC and WBA light welterweight championship belts will no longer be in play.
This is the second instance where Morales, 36, has had issues prior to a fight with the younger 24-year old Garcia. Morales failed to make weight in their initial bout which ended in a unanimous decision for Garcia.
LTSB will have further information as it becomes available.