TONIGHT (Saturday October 20) Billy Joe Saunders ought to have been defending the WBO middleweight title against Demetrius Andrade in Boston. Instead after an adverse finding with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied him a licence to box. Saunders vacated the title, leaving Andrade to box Walter Kautondokwa for the belt and missing out on one of the largest purses of his career.
It cost him “huge money” said his promoter Frank Warren. “What can I say? He’s going to sue them. He’s instructed lawyers and he’s going to sue them,” he continued. “The whole way they handled it was amateur night out.”
As well objecting to Billy Joe’s hearing being held only 11 days before the fight was due, when the VADA test in question took place in August. Warren notes of Saunders’ drug testing, “You have a programme. With UKAD, WADA, they can come in any time of the day or night.”