Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
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Billy Joe Saunders to give up his WBO title

Billy Joe Saunders to give up his WBO title

"Because of the mental anguish brought about by this case and out of respect for the WBO, Billy Joe will with a heavy heart relinquish his world title, whilst this issue is in the process of being resolved".

Billy Joe Saunders has relinquished his WBO middleweight world title and plans to sue the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission over the doping saga that has left him facing a potential six-month ban. As soon as Saunders' failed Voluntary Anti-Doping Association urine test from August 30 came to light on September 26, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Andrade, made a deal with Kautondokwa to be on standby if Saunders couldn't fight.

ESPN report that Saunders is set to miss out on a $2.3 million payday following the cancellation of the bout and it remains very likely that the undefeated Brit will be stripped of his title. WADA deems the substance permitted "out of competition" as do the British Boxing Board of Control.

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.

Oxilofrine is only banned in competition in the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), meaning that fighters are only in breach of regulations if it is found in their system on the day of a fight.


On Tuesday, the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission voted to deny Saunders a license and the highly anticipated showdown was canceled. The low level of the chemical detected in the test supplied by Billy-Joe - ingested via a nasal spray - is not a prohibited substance when ingested "out of competition".The VADA test was conducted "out of competition" 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.

The 160lb fighter failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Assocation drug test - something that has put his immediate future completely up in the air.

"It was a nasal spray!"

"Bill will appeal and the appeal will go to the Supreme Court. He will be suing them for any loss of earnings", Warren told TalkSPORT. It's ridiculous. It's stupid where we are at with this.

Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the bout with the unbeaten former Super-Welterweight World ruler, and "The Executioner" is full of belief that he can add to his formidable knockout record in MA having already been in camp.

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