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Mosley admits he unknowingly took banned substances

Shane Mosley is accused of using BALCO designer steroids "the clear" and "the cream" as part of a doping regimen before a 2003 fight against Oscar De La Hoya, SI.com reported yesterday.

Citing multiple unidentified sources who attended an international anti-doping conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., last November, SI.com reported that lead BALCO investigator Jeff Novitzky alleged that Mosley began using those two drugs, as well as EPO, two months before the light middleweight championship fight won by Mosley.

A BALCO client, Mosley was subpoenaed in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative investigation and testified before the grand jury in 2003. He had always denied doping and never tested positive.

But Mosley yesterday confirmed he had unknowingly taken some banned substances. He said his former strength and conditioning coach, Darryl Hudson, convinced him to take substances from BALCO, and that he unaware of what they were.

"Unknowingly, yes, some of the substances they are talking about were being used as part of the workouts," Mosley told ESPN.com. "I didn't know what the hell it was.

"I didn't know anything about that stuff. It was something given to me, pushed up on me."

According to SI.com, evidence seized during the BALCO raids showed Mosley had blood work done to measure his hematocrit level, the volume of red blood cells, at 44. In a calendar with his file, the date of July 26 was circled, accompanied by the word "start" and the letter "e," the website reported, and the boxer's level increased to 52.2 by Aug. 8.

"Anything over 50 is considered off the charts," Dr. Gary Wadler, a member of the World Anti-Doping Association, told SI.com.

According to that same calendar, Mosley received a final dose of EPO five days before the fight, SI.com reported.

"We went out there and I left him [BALCO founder Victor Conte] a check for $1,500 with my name on it, and from then on I never saw him again," Mosley said. "But from the beginning I had them contact the Nevada State Athletic Commission to make sure there were no problems.

"I was upset because I didn't even need to go there," he said, meaning he didn't feel he needed any help for the matchup with De La Hoya.

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Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs) will challenge undefeated champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) for the World Boxing Council middleweight title tonight in Atlantic City, N.J.

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