Saunders relinquishes WBO title to challenge licence decision

Billy Joe Saunders to give up WBO title to challenge licence decision

"Billy Joe will, with a heavy heart, relinquish his world title while this issue is being resolved", Warren said in a statement on his official website.

In the WBO statement, penned by president Francisco Valcarcel, it confirmed that Saunders is no longer the middleweight champion and that the upcoming fight between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa on October 20 will be for the vacant belt. If Saunders is relieved of his title, the contest will be contesting the vacant title of the WBO at middleweight pending the WBO's decision. Controversy has arisen though via VADA, who have different rulings and regulations in comparison to all other testing bodies, boards of control and ultimately the World Anti-Doping Agency (who are the global body for Olympic testing, national testing and who set penalties for doping offences). The low level of the chemical detected in the test supplied by Billy-Joe - ingested via a nasal spray - is not a prohibited substance when ingested "out of competition".The VADA test was conducted "out of competition" and so was not prohibited for the goal of the application of the WADA list and therefore the application of the MSAC rules to Billy-Joe. And, voluntarily, VADA at the request of the Promoter, not the MSAC. The substance they found in their test is prohibited by them, but under WADA it is allowed out of competition, which is up until the day before the fight. It was for MSAC to then apply the WADA code to those results which they failed to do properly. "It is the simple facts and the truth", he said.

Walter Kautondokwa will now face "Boo Boo" Andrade at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN.

Speaking on Thursday, Saunders' promoter Warren said the commission had no grounds to deny him a license and that he plans to take the case to the Supreme Court. In September, Saunders was fined £100k by the British Boxing Board of Control for misconduct after a video was shared online in which Saunders offers a woman £150 worth of drugs to perform a sex act.

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"If the fight was taking place in the United Kingdom, it wouldn't be a problem".

Saunders failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test for the banned substance oxilofrine after submitting a urine sample in England in late August.

Saunders had a rough time in recent months. And so was not prohibited for the objective of the application of the WADA list and therefore the application of the MSAC rules to Billy-Joe.

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