Billy Joe Saunders is stripped of his WBO middleweight title after being denied a license to box in Boston by Massachusetts State Athletic Commission after a positive doping test for a stimulant called Oxilofrine.
He was scheduled to fight Demetrius Andrade, a two-time junior middleweight belt-holder and the WBO’s mandatory challenger on Oct. 20 at the TD Garden Arena which is the home of the Boston Celtics.
Under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) rules, oxilofrine is only banned in competition, meaning a fighter is only in breach of rules if the substance is detected in his stem on the day of the bout.
However, it is prohibited at all times by Vada, with the Massachusetts Commission, therefore, denying him a license to box.
Saunders returned an adverse finding in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) test in August. His promoter, Frank Warren, said that the substance — the stimulant oxilofrine — was a “common decongestant nasal spray”.
The boxing commission in Massachusetts voted to deny Saunders a license with Saunders dialed in on speakerphone.
He responded “you can suck my p****” after learning his fate.
Billy Joe Saunders will now miss out on a career-high payday of $2.3 Million, whereas Andrade will defend his title against Walter Kautondokwa.