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WBA Champion Frankie Randall Tests Positive For Drugs

August 28, 1996

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Frankie Randall, who beat Argentina’s Juan Coggi to win the WBA junior welterweight title on Aug. 16, has tested positive for drugs.

The Argentine Boxing Federation (FBA) said Wednesday that Randall tested positive for a powerful cocktail of drugs, including cocaine and theophylline.

FBA spokesman Gustavo Nigrelli said the federation would now contact Randall’s manager, Don King, who will decide whether to ask for a second test to be carried out on the boxer’s urine sample.

Nigrelli said a second test, if requested, would take place outside Argentina.

Randall, 34, of Birmingham, Ala., beat Coggi, an Argentine, by a unanimous decision.

Coggi said in a radio interview Wednesday that he was ``shocked″ by the news.

``If it’s true that Randall took drugs, it’s a real shame,″ Coggi said, adding later that he was surprised during the fight by Randall’s ``excellent condition.″

The stronger, faster Randall dominated Coggi throughout the bout and floored him in the second round. By the 10th round, Coggi was bleeding from the nose and had a deep gash over his right eye.

Randall’s record is 53-4-1 with 41 knockouts.

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