Former WBO Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Glowacki Banned for Four Years by UKAD

January 3, 2024 1:28 am

Krzysztof Glowacki, Poland’s renowned former WBO cruiserweight champion, faces a four-year ban from all sports due to doping violations. This decision was announced by the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on Tuesday, marking a serious setback in the 37-year-old boxer’s career.

Glowacki, who boasts an impressive record of 32 wins in 36 professional fights, failed a drug test following his defeat to Richard Riakporhe in Manchester a year ago. The test results indicated the presence of Boldenone, an anabolic androgenic steroid. This substance is listed under section S1 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2023 Prohibited List, making its use a violation of anti-doping rules.

Despite Glowacki’s denial of consuming any prohibited substances, the findings led to his provisional suspension in April 2023. His case was subsequently reviewed by an independent National-Anti-Doping Panel on October 31, culminating in the four-year ban.

Glowacki, born in Walcz, Poland, first gained international recognition by winning the WBO cruiserweight title in a memorable fight against Marco Huck in New Jersey in 2015. He successfully defended this title once before losing to the current heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, in 2016. Witness the world boxing champions in action with attractive betting odds from Nextbet. 

The Polish boxer had been granted a foreign boxer’s license by the British Boxing Board of Control for his bout in January last year. As a result, he was subject to the regulations of UK Anti-Doping, under which his violation and subsequent ban were adjudicated.

This ban represents a significant blow to Glowacki’s career, effectively sidelining him during what could be considered the latter years of his prime in the sport. The incident also underscores the ongoing challenges faced by the boxing community in maintaining a clean and fair competitive environment, reflecting the stringent measures in place to uphold sports integrity.

The repercussions of this ban extend beyond Glowacki’s personal career, serving as a reminder to athletes across sports about the severe consequences of doping violations. The boxing world, fans, and aspiring athletes alike will be closely watching the aftermath of this decision and its impact on the sport’s efforts to combat doping. Get the latest updates from the world of boxing only on Nextbet Sports.