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Exclusive: Lucas Browne lawyer reveals plans for WBA court case

Phil Jay 25/05/2016

Team Browne

Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne is taking a legal stance against the six-month ban and loss of his title after lawyer Leon Margules revealed plans to take the WBA to court.

Australian Browne has vehemently protested his innocence since testing positive for Clenbuterol on the back of his March triumph over Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny and drafted in Margules to take his case.

‘Big Daddy’ has always claimed that a steak ingested during a pre-fight meal was the cause of the substance showing up in his system in a test taken in the wake of his victory. Prior to the fight, which was his first world title challenge, Browne had tested negative upon arriving in Chechnya five days earlier meaning the drug found its way into his body between March 1 and fight night.

Speaking on Wednesday, Margules also stated that a protest to the original ban would not be forthcoming.

“I will not be asking the World Boxing Association to look into it and there’s no plan for an appeal,” Margules exclusively told World Boxing News.

“We will be going to court for a lawsuit against the WBA,” he added.

Apart from a statement of denial, Browne has kept quiet on the matter to allow his team and legal representatives to take the reins despite being unable to return to the ring until September, at the earliest.

The 37 year-old has had to watch on as the WBA give Chagaev back his old belt and order a mandatory fight against Fres Oquendo in the next few months.

A similar case to undefeated puncher hit the headlines recently when WBC super featherweight champion was immediately cleared by President Mauricio Sulaiman of any wrongdoing, although Browne is facing a longer fight to clear his name as Margules plots the next move.