Suspended boxer Gilbert to pay fine as part of settlement

Updated: August 12, 2008, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Suspended boxer Joey Gilbert agreed 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 Tuesday 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 substance 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 middleweight from Reno 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 college champion at Nevada, Gilbert has a 16-1 record with 12 knockouts as a professional.


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