Billy Joe Saunders relinquishes WBO title to challenge license decision

Billy Joe Saunders relinquishes WBO title to challenge license decision

Billy Joe Saunders relinquishes WBO title to challenge license decision

A week ago Billy Joe Saunders was still stinging from a punishment from the British Boxing Board of Control, and now not only was he fined by the BBoC, he has failed a VADA drug test, which has see him denied a license to fight in the state of MA, leaving him to vacate his WBO middleweight title. "This is following an adverse finding in a test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA)", said Warren.

Warren says it was "not a failed test" because the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) - which is responsible for issuing a licence to fight in Boston - did not follow Wada's rules.

WBO president Francisco Valcarcel Mulero confirmed Andrade's bout with Kautondokwa will be for the now-vacant title, while also calling for the governing body to hand Saunders a six-month suspension.

Andrade is now set to face Namibian fighter Walter Kautondokwa for the WBO interim middleweight title.

Saunders and Andrade contracted with VADA to oversee a testing program for their fight.


Under World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) rules, oxilofrine is only banned in competition. WADA, as mandated by the British Boxing Board of Control.

"But the test was done by VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association". To put it a 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.

"Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown". The MSAC, in their decision to deny a licence to Billy-Joe, have wilfully refused to properly apply the code of WADA to their ruling.

Billy Joe Saunders looks set to lose his WBO middleweight title after being refused a licence to fight against Demetrius Andrade. After the sample from Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), 29, a 2008 Olympian, came back positive, he said it was because he used "a common decongestant nasal spray".

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. 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.

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