British boxer Billy Joe Saunders is planning to take legal action against moves to strip him of his WBO middleweight world title after being denied a boxing licence by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission.
The 29-year-old was due to defend his title against Dimitrius Andrade on 20 October in Boston, a fight that was set to net the WBO middleweight champion a £1.8 million payday.
Saunders is expected to lose his belt following the Commissions verdict, which came in the wake of him testing positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test during August.
His team are unhappy with the decision as under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules (and the British Boxing Board of Control), which the Commission abides by, the stimulant is only banned on the day of competition. However, the authorities in Boston have used the strict guidelines of VADA, who carried out the test, instead of the regular practices of WADA.
The Saunders camp is now in the process of compiling a legal case in the hope of keeping hold of the title that the British boxer won back in 2015.
Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren said: “The decision is ridiculous, they are not being consistent. Billy will be going to the Supreme Court and will definitely be suing for loss of earning should there be any.
“Since the August test, he’s had UKAD tests and another VADA test, which was negative. He’s had four other UKAD tests this year and they have all come back negative.”
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