Billy Joe Saunders to sue after title defence is called off

Florence Fletcher
October 14, 2018

"Because of the mental anguish brought about by this case and out of respect for the WBO, Billy Joe will with a heavy heart relinquish his world title, whilst this issue is in the process of being resolved".

The 29-year-old was refused a licence for the fight that had been scheduled for October 20 in Boston because of an adverse finding in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test that took place in August.

Kautondokwa's stable-mate Julius Indongo landed a World title clash at late notice and starched Eduard Troyanovsky inside a round in Russian Federation to win the IBF Super-Lightweight crown to crash into the elite, going on to face Terence Crawford for all the titles at 140lbs - and #2-rated WBO Middleweight Kautondokwa believes he can make the same impact at 160lbs. Saunders' team are arguing that oxilofrine is only listed by WADA as a banned substance when it is found up within a day of competition.

Regardless, failing VADA's test will cost Saunders' side a package of $2.3 million for facing Andrade. And, voluntarily, VADA at the request of the Promoter, not the MSAC.

'To put it as simply as possible the timing of the test being out of competition and the substance detected only being prohibited in competition under the WADA list means it was not a failed test.

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When asked why Saunders didn't proceed with an appeal, Valcarcel said, "I don't want to make any comments or give any opinions". It is the simple facts and the truth. The MSAC, in their decision to deny a licence to Billy-Joe, have wilfully refused to properly apply the code of WADA to their ruling.

"Unlike the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), the MSAC is a state-appointed governing body and therefore the decision will be appealed and challenged in the Superior Court at the earliest opportunity", Warren's statement continued.

"But the test was done by VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association".

Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs), who has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the middleweight bout, is confident that he can add to his formidable knockout record in MA. This episode is the latest in a string of controversies for Saunders, who was fined £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control last month after a video surfaced of him asking a woman to perform a sex act on a passer-by in exchange for drugs.

Andrade took this fight extremely serious as he left his home on the east coast and relocated for a month and a half to the Bay Area to train at the private SNAC facility private gym.

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