Former Frazer Clarke opponent, Kamil Sokolowski, is the latest fighter to test positive for a performance enhancing drug. On the day after he was notified of his provisional suspension, he fought.
The Polish journeyman has long been wheeled in to provide rounds for up and coming heavyweights. His record includes losses to Martin Bakole, David Price and Otto Wallin.
Sokolowski took both David Adeleye and Solomon Dacres the distance in 2021, and did the same with Frazer Clarke over six rounds on November 12, 2022 at the AO Arena in Manchester.
Post-fight, he tested positive via a urine sample for testosterone – an anabolic androgenic steroid. Sokolowski was provisionally banned in April of this year and charged in May.
According to UKAD, the full four-year ban was reduced by one year because the fighter admitted taking a supplement that contained the substance.
“On 21 April 2023, UKAD notified Mr Sokolowski of the AAFs and issued him with a Provisional Suspension from sport.
Mr Sokolowski responded to UKAD’s Notice on 30 April 2023 indicating that he used a supplement which he believed contained the Prohibited Substances found in his Sample.
On 26 May 2023, UKAD charged Mr Sokolowski with the commission of ADRVs for the Presence and Use of Prohibited Substances. Mr Sokolowski admitted the ADRVs and accepted the asserted period of Ineligibility. In accordance with ADR Article 10.8.1, Mr Sokolowski was able to reduce the asserted four-year period of Ineligibility to three years, after admitting the violations and accepting the asserted period of Ineligibility within twenty days of the Charge Letter.
Mr Sokolowski’s ban from all WADA Code-compliant sport commenced on 21 April 2023 and will expire at midnight on 20 April 2026.”
The 37-year-old has a record of 11-28-3, and announced his retirement in June of this year.
News of the failed test is the latest in a spate of violations in the boxing. Most worryingly, Sokolowski boxed on April 22 of this year under The Association of German Professional Boxers.
The loss to Dusan Veletic in Falkensee came one day after Sokolowski was informed of his provisional suspension by UKAD, highlighting the dangerous case of jurisdictional and communication issues in the sport’s doping problem.