Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne has chosen not to make any immediate official comment on the situation regarding a final decision on his failed drugs test.
The undefeated 37 year-old’s ‘B’ sample test results came back with the same outcome as the ‘A’ sample, showing that the Australian had banned substance Clenbuterol in his system during the aftermath of his world title victory over Ruslan Chagaev.
‘Big Daddy’ stopped Chagaev in the tenth round of his Grozny clash despite looking out on his feet in the earlier rounds to pull off the biggest win of his career to date. Browne’s celebrations were cut short though when the WBA made the shock announcement of VADA’s (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) findings.
A six-moth ban has been imposed by the WBA, along with his coveted strap being declared vacant, although Browne could be back in the ring by September as leniency was shown due to the nature of his case.
Browne tested negative in the days before the fight and blamed a pre-fight steak – alongside possible sabotage – as the reason for Clenbuterol being found in his system.
The rugged Aussie is taking stock of the situation before making any formal statement to the press and has his legal team on the case as he continues attempts to completely clear his name of any wrongdoing.
“I’m leaving everything to my lawyer, Mr. Leon Margules. I thank everyone for their support, especially the people and fans of Australia,” said Browne.