Saunders Fails VADA Test, Andrade Fight In Question
In a week where he was disciplined and fined for a video of him mocking a drug addicted homeless woman, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders tested positive in a drug test leading up to his October 20th fight against Demetrius Andrade.
The British boxer signed up with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association for his TD Garden showdown with American challenger Demetrius Andrade, and would be shown to test positive for oxilofrine, a stimulant that helps with increasing adrenaline production and oxygenation of the blood.
With the positive test, Saunders could not only have his October 20th DAZN showdown cancelled, but also be stripped of the title he won in 2015. The title would be the only leverage Saunders had to set up a fight with either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez, who fought earlier this month for the remaining titles in the division.
Saunders would be fined £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control this week for a video showing Saunders and friends offering crack cocaine to a homeless woman to commit sexual acts and assault a random pedestrian.
Initial Report: ESPN