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Billy Joe Saunders denied boxing license by Massachusetts State Athletic Commission after failed drug test

Billy Joe Saunders denied boxing license by Massachusetts State Athletic Commission after failed drug test

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission on Tuesday denied middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders a boxing license because of his recent failed drug test for the banned performance-enhancing stimulant oxilofrine, meaning his upcoming fight is canceled and that the WBO will likely strip him of its 160-pound belt.

Saunders, who will lose out on a multimillion-dollar payday, had been scheduled to make his fourth title defense against former two-time junior middleweight titlist and mandatory challenger Demetrius Andrade in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing card on Oct. 20 (DAZN) at TD Garden in Boston.

Saunders and Andrade contracted with VADA to oversee a testing program for their fight and Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), 29, a 2008 Olympian for Great Britain, gave a sample to a collector on Aug. 30 in Sheffield, England.

WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel told ESPN that the sanctioning body will send Saunders a letter asking him to show cause why he should not be stripped of the world title.

In addition, Kid Galahad (24-0, 15 KOs), 28, of England, will face Providence's Toka Kahn Clary (25-1, 17 KOs), 26, in a featherweight world title eliminator and former junior featherweight world titleholder Scott Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KOs), 30, of England, will take on Mario Briones (29-7-2, 21 KOs), 32, of Mexico, in an eight-round bout.

Source: www.espn.com
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