Positive drug test KOs Tony Tucker

February 01, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

Heavyweight boxer Tony Tucker, who scored a first-round victory at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Monday night, tested positive for marijuana in his postfight drug test, the State Athletic Commission said yesterday.

Tucker, the IBF champion until Mike Tyson defeated him in 1987, stopped Lionel Washington in 1 minute, 11 seconds. Tucker, 32, had a series of cocaine abuse problems in recent years and was making a comeback under new management.

"He tested positive for a small amount of marijuana, which means he's temporarily suspended pending the result of the backup test of the urine sample," said Steve English, the commission's assistant executive officer.

Tucker's new manager, Los Angeles real estate investor Jack Cohen, said Tucker denied using marijuana. "He said he is absolutely clean; he told me he had not used marijuana," Cohen said.

If Tucker's backup sample also tests positive, English said, he must appear at the March 15 Commission meeting in Sacramento, Calif., where he could face a continued suspension and a fine.

If he remains under California suspension, Tucker, 39-1 with 32 knockouts, would not be permitted to box in any other state.

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