Billy Joe Saunders to sue over cancelled Demetrius Andrade fight

Billy Joe Saunders to sue over cancelled Demetrius Andrade fight

Billy Joe Saunders to sue over cancelled Demetrius Andrade fight

Billy Joe Saunders launched a foul-mouthed rant at the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission on Tuesday night after being denied a boxing licence following his positive drugs test. Saunders told the hearing via speaker phone to "suck my p****' after the verdict ruled him out of his WBO middleweight title defence against Dimitrius Andrade in Boston on October 20". An agreement was then put in place for Andrade and Kautondokwa to fight in the event Saunders didn't receive a license.

The British boxer is not going quietly into the night however, as the boxer is set to sue the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission for denying him a license in an attempt to recoup any lost earnings from the fight on October 20th.

But if the Englishman fails to satisfy the WBO appeal, it says it will "declare the title vacant".

The 66-year-old, London-born manager has now confirmed that Saunders will take his case to the Supreme Court and intends to sue for loss of income, with reports claiming the Hertfordshire-born middleweight missed out on a $1.8 million payday as a result of the decision.

Billy Joe Saunders underwent testing by both WADA and VADA. 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 WADA list distinguishes between substances prohibited "at all times" and substances prohibited "in competition". 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 objective of the application of the WADA list and therefore the application of the MSAC rules to Billy-Joe.

Saunders has relinquished the title "with a heavy heart while this issue is being resolved" according to Warren. "Further, the MSAC refused to properly consider submissions from Billy Joe's representative despite him being present at the hearing".

Saunders returned an adverse finding for stimulant oxilofrine.

"It was a nasal spray!"

Boxing is a risky sport and the 100 per cent health - both physical and mental - is paramount at all times.

When Kautondokwa got the call about possibly taking on Andrade, he had already been training even though a fight wasn't on the horizon.

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