Billy Joe Saunders gives up WBO middleweight title

Demetrius Andrade will face a new opponent in Boston

Demetrius Andrade will face a new opponent in Boston

Billy Joe Saunders looks set to lose his WBO middleweight title after being refused a licence to fight against Demetrius Andrade.

"Boo Boo" Andrade (25-0 16KOs) must reset his radar from training for the tricky southpaw Saunders to the big-hitting African, and Kautondokwa has inspiration close to home in his camp for his first World title fight.

"B.J. Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO middleweight title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission's anti-doping regulations", Mulero said in an official statement.

"They referred to a prohibited list which is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and they applied that to deny him a licence". The substance they found in their test is prohibited by them, but under WADA it is allowed out of competition, which is set up until the day before the fight.

"I have read comments that MSAC had no choice as a failed test is a failed test". It is the simple facts and the truth.

Walter Kautondokwa says he will shock the world and KO Demetrius Andrade when they clash at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN.

The promoter insists it was "not a failed test" because the MSAC, which oversees licencing in Boston, did not follow WADA's rules.

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But Saunders' promoter, Frank Warren, has revealed that the 29-year-old will appeal the MSAC decision and take his lawsuit to the Supreme Court.

After taking the case to the Supreme Court, Warren said he would begin legal proceedings against the MSAC.

Saunders was fined £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for misconduct in September because of a video in which he appeared to offer a woman £150 worth of drugs to perform a sex act and punch a passer-by.

Boxing is a risky sport and the 100 per cent health - both physical and mental - is paramount at all times.

Saunders failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test for the banned substance oxilofrine after submitting a urine sample in England in late August.

"VADA bans everything. They are not recognized in Great Britain, they are not recognized by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and they are not recognized by the British Boxing Board of Control", Warren said regarding why Saunders was utilizing the nasal spray less than two weeks prior to fight night. And so was not prohibited for the goal of the application of the WADA list and therefore the application of the MSAC rules to Billy-Joe.

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