Billy Joe Saunders vs Demetrius Andrade cancelled


Saunders was set to put his belt and undefeated record on the line against mandatory challenger, Andrade, but the fight is off after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied Saunders a licence following his failed drug test for the banned stimulant oxilofrine.

The WBO had said that...

Saunders, 29, also faces being stripped of his title after a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) test in August found the stimulant oxilofrine in a sample.

"The WBO will examine the situation with due diligence and proceed according to its "Rules & Regulations" decide which is the proper course of action". So, BJ Saunders, or his promoters, or anyone else can't come back and say he didn't know about this prohibited substance.

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The decision to not grant Saunders a licence has caused the cancellation of his bout against Dimitrius Andrade in Boston on October 20 - costing the fighter a £1.7m payday.

Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), who was scheduled to make his fourth defence of the middleweight title he captured from Andy Lee in December 2015, said in a statement the negative test was a result of using "a common decongestant nasal spray".

The most important thing is that Demetrius Andrade fights for the world title on October 20.

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". He then has the right to appeal any decision before the Grievances Committee according to Rule 34 of the WBO Rules and Regulations.