Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine. A powerful stimulant from the amphetamine family meaning his WBO middleweight world title fight with Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) became in jeopardy.
More test samples have been collected from both boxers by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) since the announcement last week.
Victor Conte, an outspoken anti-doping advocate, provides his opinion on what may come next in this saga.
“Bottom line is this, we’re just a few days away from the hearing. Boxing fans will get the opportunity to find out if this going to be a historic decision in the best interest of boxing,” said Conte.
“It means that they (Massachusetts State Athletic Commission) will uphold this positive drug test and rule in favor of Andrade.
“Both fighters signed the VADA enrollment contract. They received the prohibited substances list when they signed it.
“They both agreed to be tested at all times for the stimulant Oxilofrine.
“So, BJ Saunders, or his promoters, or anyone else can’t come back and say he didn’t know about this prohibited substance.
“Let’s just hope that the Massachusetts Commission makes the right decision and they abide by the true anti-doping gold standard in boxing called VADA,” he added.
WBN Note: Saunders has been backed by the British Boxing Board of Control and the UK Anti-Doping Agency. The two entities cited World Anti-Doping policies in their findings.
Ultimately, the ruling comes solely down to the State where Saunders will fight. Meaning the final decision lies with the MSAC.
If the positive test is upheld, Saunders faces at least a six-month ban and will be stripped of his WBO middleweight title.
WBO number two contender Walter Kautondokwa has already signed on for the fight if this scenario happens.
More developments are expected early next week.