Lucas Browne stripped of WBA heavyweight title, suspended

May 13, 2016

SYDNEY (AP) The World Boxing Association has stripped Australian Lucas Browne of his heavyweight title and suspended him for six months after his B sample on a doping test also returned a positive finding.

Browne became Australia's first world heavyweight champion when he stopped Ruslan Chagaev in a 10th-round technical knockout on March 5 at Grozny in Chechnya, Russia.

But the banned drug Clenbuterol was detected in Browne's A urine sample in a test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after the fight. The WBA said on its website Thursday that the B sample also was positive.

Browne said Friday on social media: ''I'm leaving everything to my lawyer.''

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He had said a blood test he took six days before the fight was negative.


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