Opponent problems for Darragh Foley as upcoming foe banned for PEDs

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Darragh Foley [11(8)-2(0)] has been forced into a change of opponent for his fight next week as his initial foe has been banned for using performance enhancing drugs.

Blanchardstown light welter Foley, ranked #15 with the WBA, was due to take on the organisation’s #12, Jaider Parra [27(16)-2(2)-1] on Friday June 23rd in Sydney. The Venezuelan however has been found guilty of drug use in his most recent fight.

Back in January, Parra scored a twelfth round stoppage over home favourite Nicolas Gonzalez in Madrid to claim the WBA Inter-Continental title.

This result has now been changed to a no-contest after the South American was found to have tested positive for performance enhancing drug Clenbuterol. Parra has been handed a six month ban.

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Parra previously challenged for the WBA super featherweight title in 2013, being stopped in the fifth by Takashi Uchiyama

Foley remains on the June 23rd card with a new opponent to be announced soon.

The Irishman’s manager and trainer, Tony Del Vecchio, said that “as per Darragh’s norm it will be a proper opponent”

In his most recent fight, back in May, ‘Super’ Foley stopped Sonny Katiandagho in the second defence of his WBA Oceania title.

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