Kid Galahad has vehemently denied being a drugs cheat after being handed a two-year ban from boxing.
The Wincobank super bantamweight – real name Barry Awad – is determined to fight the ban which will keep him out of the ring until September 2016.
Galahad claims his brother Mageed – currently in prison for other offences – spiked on of his protein drinks after a ‘disagreement’ which led to a failed urine sample given in September last year.
His brother has signed a sworn statement admitting he did spike the former European champion’s drink but the National Anti-Doping Panel nevertheless handed down the ban which he has appealed.
“What can I say, other than I am totally gutted,” the 25-year-old told the Daily Star. “This will stall my career dramatically.
“I’m absolutely devastated especially as I have not done anything wrong and have never taken a steroid in my life.
“The one thing about it which makes it even worse is that it involves a member of my family, my brother. He did it following a disagreement we had.
“I told my mum and sister and eventually my sister went to see my brother, who is in jail, and he admitted doing this.
“I don’t know anything about the drug other than you would take it to allow you to get bigger, which in my case makes no sense at all.
“I walk around Sheffield at around the lightweight limit so I have to be very disciplined and careful about what I eat and how I train because I box at super bantam.
“Bulking up does not and would not help me at all and apparently this drug would help you get bigger.
“That’s not what I want, so why would I take it?”
Galahad has not fought since last September when he comfortably outpointing Adeilson Dos Santos to claim the vacant IBF Youth super bantamweight title.
He had been expecting to move up to world level this year, chasing fights with established world champions Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton.
But his career is under threat after being found guilty of using the steroid stanozolol. UK Anti-Doping refuse to confirm any ban until after any appeal process is carried out.