Ti­tle re­lin­quished

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Sport -

BILLY Joe Saunders will va­cate his WBO mid­dleweight ti­tle to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion to deny him a licence to fight Demetrius An­drade, ac­cord­ing to his pro­moter Frank Warren.

The 29-year-old was re­fused a licence for the fight that had been sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 20 in Bos­ton be­cause of an ad­verse find­ing in a Vol­un­tary An­tiDop­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (VADA) test that took place in Au­gust.

Amer­ica’s An­drade will in­stead fight Namibia’s lit­tle-known Wal­ter Kau­ton­dokwa for the va­cant ti­tle.

“Billy Joe will, with a heavy heart, re­lin­quish his world ti­tle while this is­sue is be­ing re­solved,” Warren said in a state­ment on his of­fi­cial web­site. The pro­moter in­sists it was “not a failed test”.

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