James Tennyson's world title fight to go ahead despite Saunders bout doubts

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2018

The Hatfield champion was due to face the American at TD Gardens in Boston on October 20 but those plans were thrown out of the window after Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC), who were due to sanction the fight, voted against granting him a licence.

Saunders, 29, also faces being stripped of his title after a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) test in August found the stimulant oxilofrine in a sample.

Warren insisted last month that the British Boxing Board of Control had "confirmed that Mr Saunders is not in breach of BBBofC or UKAD anti-doping regulations and is therefore in good standing and is licensed to box and defend his world title on 20 October".

"The WBO will examine the situation with due diligence and proceed according to its 'Rules & Regulations" decide which is the proper course of action'.

Since then there has been speculation that the substance was only banned "in competition" (on the day of the fight) and many were unsure of the exact ruling and where everyone stood on this ruling with different rules coming from different organizations. This won't mean that Andrade will not fight as Matchroom Boxing signed Walter Kautondokwa, the WBO's No. 2 ranked middleweight, to fight Andrade if Saunders is unable to.

It is the latest controversy in the career of Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), who is set to miss out on a seven-figure payday against Andrade, a two-time light middleweight champion. The 33-year-old fighter has reeled off 16 consecutive knockouts after winning his debut by unanimous decision.

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