Saunders Meeting Oct. 8, Kautondokwa Set as Replacement

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission will meet on Oct. 8 to decide on if WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders will be given a fight license for his Oct. 20 title defense against Demetrius Andrade.

Saunders failed an August drug test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine. Saunders claims the finding came as the result of a “common decongestant nasal spray.”

The WBO has stated that if Saunders is not granted a license by the commission, he will be stripped of the organization’s middleweight title. Promoter Eddie Hearn added that if Saunders is indeed stripped, Andrade will fight for the vacant title against Walter Kautondokwa, the WBO African middleweight champion who is ranked No. 2 by the sanctioning body in its middleweight rankings.

“We have signed a contract with Walter Kautondokwa on the basis that, if Billy Joe is not licensed, Andrade will fight him for the title,” Hearn said. “I would say it’s 50-50 [whether the fight goes ahead]. I want the fight to happen, so does Andrade, but it’s got to be dealt with by the Commission.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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