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Billy Joe Saunders Vacates 160-Pound Title After Failed PED Test

Billy Joe Saunders Vacates 160-Pound Title After Failed PED Test

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."

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