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Billy Joe Saunders: WBO middleweight champion denied licence to face Demetrius Andrade
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Billy Joe Saunders: WBO middleweight champion denied licence to face Demetrius Andrade


Billy Joe Saunders has won all 26 of his professional bouts

Billy Joe Saunders has been refused a licence to defend his WBO middleweight title against Demetrius Andrade because of an adverse drugs test.

Saunders, 29, returned an adverse finding in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) test in August.

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC), which was due to sanction his title defence in Boston on 20 October, has denied him a licence.

The WBO is yet to comment but there is a chance Saunders could lose his title.

Saunders was set to meet Andrade at Boston’s TD Garden in the fourth defence of the world title he claimed in 2015.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Andrade, has said he would look to secure a bout for the vacant title in the event Saunders is stripped by the WBO.