Saunders could lose belt after licence is denied

Rex Christensen
October 10, 2018

Billy Joe Saunders has been refused a licence to defend his WBO middleweight title against Demetrius Andrade because of an adverse drugs test.

Warren insisted last month that the British Boxing Board of Control had "confirmed that Mr Saunders is not in breach of BBBofC or UKAD anti-doping regulations and is therefore in good standing and is licensed to box and defend his world title on 20 October".

England's Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) and Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), of Providence, Rhode Island, signed agreements to adhere to VADA's testing standards.

If Billy Joe Saunders is ruled out and stripped of the title, we will be looking to make a fight for the vacant world title.

But he failed a voluntary drugs test last month, testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, and the boxing commission in MA have denied him a licence to fight.

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But boxing commission in MA have come down hard on the British fighter, and Andrade is now expected to fight Walter Kautondokwa for the now-vacant WBO middleweight title.

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Saunders" team had been optimistic of being cleared as "in competition' typically means the day of the fight in the U.S. and Britain.

Failing VADA's test for oxilofrine is expected to cost Saunders' side a package of $2.3 million for what was supposed to be a mandatory defense of his WBO title.

It was revealed at the end of September that Saunders had returned a positive for the stimulant oxilofrine, which is only banned by Wada when taken in competition.

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