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McCline received steroids, other drugs within last two years

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The heavyweight title fight between Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline on Saturday night is under review by boxing authorities following a report that McCline received more than $12,000 worth of steroids, human growth hormone and related drugs within the last two years.

New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens told The Associated Press on Friday he would comment on the bout's status later in the day.

Stevens told the Daily News of New York in Friday's editions that he would consult with the state Attorney General's office to determine if the Madison Square Garden bout would proceed.

McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) and Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) are to fight for the WBC interim heavyweight title. McCline is a substitute for the fight, following an injury to Oleg Maskaev.

Citing an anonymous source, the newspaper reported that Infinity Longevity of Boca Raton, Fla., a clinic associated with the Signature Pharmacy scandal, supplied drugs to McCline from March 2005 until last December. They included steroids like stanozolol and nandrolone, along with human growth hormone, testosterone and tamoxifen, an estrogen blocker taken by steroid users to keep them from developing feminine physical characteristics.

Signature and several related sales companies face prosecution in Albany County on charges they illegally sold steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs banned by many sports.

Calls to the attorney general's office and Albany County district attorney's office were not immediately returned Friday.

Stevens told the Daily News that McCline has never tested positive for steroids in New York, including before his Nov. 13, 2004, split decision loss to Chris Byrd.

"We tested him before and after the fight and he came up clean," Stevens said.

Stevens has told the AP that Evander Holyfield, another boxer whose name was linked earlier to the steroid scandal, also tested negative for steroids when he fought in New York.

McCline's manager, Scott Hirsch, told the newspaper he doubted his fighter had used performance-enhancing drugs.
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