Billy Joe Saunders to sue over cancelled Demetrius Andrade fight

Saunders is now fighting to keep hold of his title

ESPN report that Saunders is set to miss out on a $2.3 million payday following the cancellation of the bout and it remains very likely that the undefeated Brit will be stripped of his title.

"Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown".

Saunders, the WBO world middleweight champion since 2015, was not licensed by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission for his title defense against Demetrius Andrade scheduled on October 20 at The Garden in Boston after he was tested positive of oxilofrine, a banned substance.

Billy Joe Saunders underwent testing by both WADA and VADA. VADA prohibits it at all times.

Saunders' promoter Frank Warren argued that the substance is a "common decongestant nasal spray" and is permitted out of competition by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad).

'To put it as simply as possible the timing of the test being out of competition and the substance detected only being prohibited in competition under the WADA list means it was not a failed test. It is the simple facts and the truth.

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Billy Joe Saunders looks set to lose his WBO middleweight title after being refused a licence to fight against Demetrius Andrade. The MSAC, in their decision to deny a licence to Billy-Joe, have wilfully refused to properly apply the code of WADA to their ruling.

"Unlike the British Boxing Board of Control, the MSAC is a state appointed governing body and therefore the decision will be appealed and challenged in the superior court at the earliest opportunity".

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. Saunders, 29, won't be disciplined by UK Anti-Doping, which subjects all British boxers to drug testing 365 days per year for the British Boxing Board of Control, and will be free to fight in the United Kingdom as soon as Warren can arrange another fight for him.

Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs), who has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the middleweight bout, is confident that he can add to his formidable knockout record in MA.

But it is prohibited at all times by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which tested Saunders on 30 August. 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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