Billy Joe Saunders cleared to defend world title after ‘adverse analytical finding’

PUBLISHED: 17:31 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 01 October 2018

Billy Joe Saunders has been cleared to defend his WBO world middleweight title. Picture: STEVEN PASTON/PA

Billy Joe Saunders has been cleared to defend his WBO world middleweight title. Picture: STEVEN PASTON/PA

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Billy Joe Saunders has been cleared to fight Demetrius Andrade this month despite testing positive for a banned substance.

Reports emerged that a test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping agency on Hatfield’s WBO world middleweight champion had returned “an adverse analytical finding”.

But a statement released by Frank Warren, Saunders’ promoter, says the product in question, a “common decongestant nasal spray” was permitted “out of competition” by both United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

It said: “The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), under whose jurisdiction Billy Joe Saunders is licensed, are affiliated only to UKAD/WADA.

“They have confirmed that Mr Saunders is not in breach of BBBofC or UKAD anti-doping regulations and is therefore in good standing.

“He is licensed to box and defend his World Title on October 20.”

The statement added: “Mr Saunders has been tested a number of times in 2018, all negative, his last out of competition test by UKAD was on September 24.”

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