VICTOR CONTE HOPING BILLY JOE SAUNDERS GETS PUNISHED
Press Release: After WBO super middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) tested positive for the banned substance, Oxilofrine, a stimulant from the amphetamine family, his title defense vs. Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), scheduled for October 20th is in jeopardy. [Saunders said the positive result was due to a legal, over-the-counter nasal spray]. Since the news broke last week, more test samples have been collected from both boxers by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). Victor Conte, [a former PED enabler turned] outspoken anti-doping advocate, provides his opinion on what may come next: "We're just a few days away from the (Massachusetts State Athletic Commission) hearing, and boxing fans will get the opportunity to find out if this going to be a historic decision in the best interest of boxing, which means that they will uphold this positive drug test and rule in favor of Andrade. Both fighters signed the VADA enrollment contract. They received the prohibited substances list when they signed it. They both agreed to be tested at all times for the stimulant Oxilofrine. So, BJ Saunders, or his promoters, or anyone else can't come back and say he didn't know about this prohibited substance. Let's just hope that the Massachusetts Commission makes the right decision, and they abide by the true anti-doping gold standard in boxing called VADA."