News | Oct 09 2018

Billy Joe Saunders may lose WBO title, Demetrius Andrade fight is OFF

Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO world middleweight title in jeopardy. He will no longer fight Demetrius Andrade in Boston on October 20.
Billy Joe Saunders
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BILLY JOE SAUNDERS could lose his WBO middleweight championship  thanks to his Massachusetts boxing licence being denied. He will not be fighting Demetrius Andrade in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 20.

This brutal double blow was dished out to Saunders, 26-0 (12), this evening after a failed VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) drug test on August 30 in Sheffield returned “adverse analytical findings” on account of oxilofrine, a stimulant, being detected in the Hatfield fighter’s system.

The stimulant in question, chemically linked to asthma medication ephedrine, was revealed to only be banned under the World Anti-Doping’s in-competition code, which meant Saunders, who claims to


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