Valcarcel Issues Statement on Billy Joe Saunders

Rex Christensen
October 14, 2018

On Tuesday at a hearing the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) determined that it would not issue a permit to Billy-Joe Saunders for him to defend his WBO World Middleweight title against Demetrius Andrade in Boston on October 20 following an adverse finding in a test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).

Billy Joe Saunders intends to take legal action after his scheduled fight with Demetrius Andrade was cancelled.

The British boxer is not going quietly into the night however, as the boxer is set to sue the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission for denying him a license in an attempt to recoup any lost earnings from the fight on October 20th.

With Saunders out, Andrade will now meet Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant interim title instead.

England's Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) was supposed to make a mandatory defense of the WBO middleweight title against Andrade that night.

Dan Rafael of ESPN reported first that a source with intimate knowledge of the situation had let them know that Saunders had tested positive for the banned substance oxilofrine.

'To put it as simply as possible the timing of the test being out of competition and the substance detected only being prohibited in competition under the WADA list means it was not a failed test.

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Regardless, failing VADA's test will cost Saunders' side a package of $2.3 million for facing Andrade.

Billy Joe Saunders current reign of being the WBO world middleweight world champion is on the edge of being no more. "Further, the MSAC refused to properly consider submissions from Billy Joe's representative despite him being present at the hearing".

Speaking on Thursday, Saunders' promoter Warren said the commission had no grounds to deny him a license and that he plans to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Whilst the above situation is currently ongoing, Demetrius Andrade will now contest an interim WBO middleweight title against Walter Kautondokwa on the 20th of October in MA. In September, Saunders was fined £100k by the British Boxing Board of Control for misconduct after a video was shared online in which Saunders offers a woman £150 worth of drugs to perform a sex act.

Andrade took this fight extremely serious as he left his home on the east coast and relocated for a month and a half to the Bay Area to train at the private SNAC facility private gym.

Valcarcel added that Saunders "probably will be suspended for six months".

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