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Saunders license denied

Champion has license denied following failed test

By Jamil Parker   - @Intuboxing

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was denied his boxing license by the Massachusetts Athletic State Commission. This is a direct result of a failed Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency test that occured on August 30th. The boxer tested positive for the banned substance known as oxilofrine.

Saunders has been very vocal that his positive test came from using nasal spray. While oxilofrine is a common ingredient in nasal spray it can also be used for fat burning and increasing one's stamina. In Great Britain however it is legal for out of competition use but in America is a completely different story.

This almost makes the possibility of Saunders getting stripped of the WBO title and absolute certainty. Billy Joe was set to defend his title on Oct 20th against former 154 pound champion Demetrius Andrade. Saunders not receiving his license leaves the DAZN card completely in jeopardy. It is very difficult to find a quality opponent to fight elite level opposition with 2 weeks notice.