News ID: 232584
Published: 0420 GMT October 10, 2018

Saunders denied license to fight Andrade, set to lose WBO title

Saunders denied license to fight Andrade, set to lose WBO title
SCOTT HEAVEY/PA

British WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, who failed a doping test in August, has been denied a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to face American Demetrius Andrade in Boston this month.

Saunders had tested positive for oxilofrine in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test, Reuters reported.

The stimulant is banned by VADA while it is prohibited only during competition by World Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping.

British media reports said the 29-year-old Saunders could be stripped of the belt he won in 2015 if he fails to get a license for his scheduled title defense on October 20.

Saunders has denied any wrongdoing in the matter and said that the adverse analytical finding was the result of using a common decongestant nasal spray.

 

   
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