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Vargas deniessteroid claim
Two-time junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas is disputing claims by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Friday that he used steroids before his loss to Oscar De La Hoya two weeks ago.
Marc Ratner, the athletic commission's executive director, said that Vargas' post-fight urinalysis came back positive for stanozolol. It's the same drug that cost sprinter Ben Johnson his gold medal and world record in the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics.