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Billy Joe Saunders vacates 160-pound title after positive doping test

Billy Joe Saunders vacates 160-pound title after positive doping test

Faced with the likelihood of being stripped of his middleweight world title for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug, Billy Joe Saunders on Thursday vacated the 160-pound belt.

Andrade will instead face Walter Kautondokwa of Namibia for the vacant title.

Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO middleweight title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission's anti-doping regulations," WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel said.

"He had the right to present all the evidence, but at the end he had to face the positive test," Valcarcel said.

After the sample from Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), 29, a 2008 Olympian, came back positive, he said it was because he used "a common decongestant nasal spray."

Source: www.espn.com
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