James Tennyson's world title fight to go ahead despite Saunders bout doubts

Billy Joe Saunders is likely to be stripped of his WBO belt

Billy Joe Saunders is likely to be stripped of his WBO belt

Englishman, Billy Joe Saunders has been denied licence to face Demetrius Andrade by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) after failing a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test in August.

After being notified of the positive drug test back in September, Saunders stated that oxilofrine was in his system due to using nasal spray and has since added that he is not a cheater.

"The WBO will examine the situation with due diligence and proceed according to its "Rules & Regulations" decide which is the proper course of action". The stimulant is banned by Vada while it is prohibited only during competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping.

It is the latest controversy in the career of Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), who is set to miss out on a seven-figure payday against Andrade, a two-time light middleweight champion.

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The former Olympian was present via conference call for the decision to deny him a licence and he had some harsh words for the commissioners in the States once the confirmation had come through.

James Tennyson's IBF world super-featherweight challenge against USA champion Tevin Farmer will go ahead on 20 October despite doubts over Billy Joe Saunders' presence on the bill.

The North London boxer has said he will appeal the Commission decision and the WBO decision.

In the same month Saunders was fined £100,000 and given a severe reprimand by the British Boxing Board of Control following a misconduct hearing regarding his role in an online video that was described by police as "sickening".

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