The tough Australian, 36, stopped Chagaev in the tenth round of their Grozny world title bout on March 5 and had been celebrating becoming the first top division king from his home country ever since.
That was until VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, revealed information on Monday evening regarding the presence of decongestant Clenbuterol in Browne’s ‘A’ sample.
Clenbuterol is on the banned list due to its links to steroid abuse and Browne now faces the prospect of being stripped of the championship by the World Boxing Association.
Speaking just hours after the findings, Browne said: “I don’t understand tody’s news….I’m seeking legal advice,” via his various social media accounts.
I don’t understand today’s news, and I’m seeking legal advice…
— Lucas Browne (@bigdaddybrowne1) March 21, 2016
‘Big Daddy’ is on the verge of securing some massive fights in the future against the likes of Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz, Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye, clashes that could set Brown up financially for life.
Should these VADA claims be double-stamped in testing of a ‘B’ sample, ex-opponent Chagaev could be ordered to rematch Fres Oquendo in the summer with Browne’s coveted belt on the line.