Boston fighter Jason Kelly's opponent suspended following failed drug test

Irish American middleweight boxer Jason Kelly fighting out of Dorchester Boxing Club was defeated on his BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) debut in Las Vegas on June 27 by Shane Mosely, Jr. Mosley, the son of boxing Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley, knocked out Kelly 51 seconds into the opening round of the bout. However, last week Mosley was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive following that fight for amphetamines, which are a banned substance.

Mosley Sr. also had issues with banned substances. While never having failed a drug test during his career, he testified before a grand jury and admitted to using EPO in preparation for the 2003 rematch with Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley Jr. faces a hearing in front of the Nevada commission, at which time he will be allowed to explain the test results. He is likely to be given an extended suspension and fined a percentage of his $25,000 purse.

Jason Kelly's father, Danny Kelly, said the Kelly camp "had their suspicions" about Mosley Jr. after reviewing the punch data from the fight. BKB developed the first in-glove microchip technology that provides viewers with stats, including a punch’s speed and the pounds of force delivered by the punch. The stats from the fight revealed that the punches thrown by Mosley Jr. were significantly faster than any boxer on the card that night. It also showed that the pounds of force he delivered were the equivalent of that produced by heavyweight boxers.

Following the announcement of the suspension Mosley Jr. tweeted: "I feel so bad that me taking a prescription Adderall a days before my fight & not putting it on my prefight paper is making my dad look bad...I didn't tell anyone I had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) because I was embarrassed about it - I made a mistake by bit [sic] doing that - I hope everyone can forgive me."

Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada commission, told on Wednesday that the hearing probably would take place at the panel's August or September meeting "barring any attorney's request for a continuance."