Billy Joe Saunders denied boxing licence to face Demetrius Andrade

Billy Joe Saunders is likely to be stripped of his WBO belt

Billy Joe Saunders has been denied a license by the MA state athletic commission and will likely be stripped of the WBO middleweight championship after failing a voluntary drug test ahead of his forthcoming title defence against Demetrius Andrade.

Saunders had been due to defend his title against Demetrius Andrade in Boston on October 20, but gave a positive reading for oxilofrine in a random test.

England's Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) and Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), of Providence, Rhode Island, signed agreements to adhere to VADA's testing standards.

Saunders returned an adverse finding for stimulant oxilofrine.

Andrade's handlers didn't push for the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to deny Saunders' application for a license because Andrade still wanted to fight Saunders.

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The WBO is yet to make an official statement but last month the president of the organisation, Paco Valcarcel, said that Saunders would be stripped of his belt if the fight did not go ahead.

But boxing commission in MA have come down hard on the British fighter, and Andrade is now expected to fight Walter Kautondokwa for the now-vacant WBO middleweight title.

Saunders" team had been optimistic of being cleared as "in competition' typically means the day of the fight in the United States and Britain. Sources close to Saunders told Sportsmail on Tuesday night that they will challenge moves to strip his title.

The 29-year-old Saunders should be free to fight in the United Kingdom, where most of his fights have taken place, as soon as promoter Frank Warren can arrange another fight for him.

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