Lucas Browne Fails Drug Test
Another day, another heavyweight failing a drug test: Lucas Browne, who was set to fight for the vacant WBC title, tested positive for a banned substance for a second time this year. It is likely that he will no longer get the title fight opportunity and his career as a boxer may be in jeopardy.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported the news.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association tested Browne in Australia, and his sample tested positive for banned substance ostarine. Per Rafael, ostarine’s main functions are increasing recoverability and increasing stamina.
"We have been notified by VADA about Browne’s adverse finding as he was tested under the CBP," WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said. "He has been notified, and the process is being attended as per the protocol."
This is not the first drug test Browne has failed this year. In March he defeated Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA’s secondary world title, but tested positive for clenbuterol after the fight. He and his team claimed their innocence, believing that Browne ingested the substance unknowingly through food or water.
He entered the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, which means a fighter can be tested at any time, in an attempt to prove that he was not abusing banned substances. It appears he failed in that regard.
Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) was to fight Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) for the WBA’s secondary title. The status of that fight, which had been ordered to happen prior to the end of 2016, is unknown given Browne’s failed test.
Recently, another heavyweight set for a title fight failed a drug test as Bermane Stiverne tested positive for a banned substance ahead of his interim WBC title fight with Alexander Povetkin. Povetkin had also failed a drug test earlier this year.