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Antonio Tarver I'm Not a Cheater 'I Was Framed'

2/11/2016 4:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Boxer Antonio Tarver says he was SET UP -- claiming he never used banned substances for his August '15 fight with Steve Cunningham ... and claims he's the victim in a diabolical frame job.

Tarver was suspended 6 months by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board for testing positive for a synthetic testosterone. 

Now, in a video statement from Tarver ... the 47-year-old is calling BS on the positive test -- saying he took several other tests that same week and passed with flying colors. 

In fact, Tarver says only the test administered by a company hired by the fight promoter tested positive -- and Tarver says he was set up because he's adamant he never took a PED.

Tarver says he's asked to have his dirty sample sent to an independent lab to be tested -- but his requests have been ignored. 

"I'm here to tell you today that I did nothing wrong," Tarver said ... "It's a frame job."

"I'm clean. Period."

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