WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders may have fought his last fight as the champion. Saunders failed a drug test administered by VADA by testing positive for Oxilifrine late last month that put his upcoming defense in Boston against Demetrius Andrade in jeopardy.
The WBO is on record stating that should the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission deny Saunders a license to fight that they would have no choice but to strip him. Today, FightZoneNews.com has learned that Saunders was denied a license which means he won’t be fighting Andrade later this month. Now it’s in the hands of the WBO as to an official announcement regarding his standing as the current champion.
The Puerto Rican based sanctioning body is likely to issue their announcement soon. Andrade’s promoter Eddie Hearn is on record stating that should Saunders not be allowed a license that Andrade would face top contender Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant belt on October 20th in Saunders place.
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October 9th 2018: by Chris Henderson