Billy Joe Saunders has vacated the WBO middleweight championship after failing a performance-enhancing drug test.
Per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, WBO president Francisco Valcarcel announced Saunders voluntarily vacated his title after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission rejected his application for a boxing license:
Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO middleweight title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission's anti-doping regulations.
"Also, I will recommend to the WBO executive committee that Saunders receives a six-month suspension for his transgression.
He needs a recommendation from the British Boxing Board of Control [to have the suspension lifted], and if he does all that we are willing to put him back in the rankings after his suspension."