The Brit was refused a licence by the local commission and so could not compete on October 20
Billy Joe Saunders has reportedly lost a multi-million dollar payday as a result of his next fight being cancelled.
The Brit failed a VADA drugs test for Oxilofrine so was refused a licence by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, meaning his October 20 bout with Demetrius Andrade had to be called off.
According to ESPN, Saunders was set to earn an enormous $ 2.3million (£1.75million) from the bout, however he will now walk away with nothing.
Further punishment could also follow for Saunders as he will have to provide an explanation to the WBO as to why he should not be stripped of his middleweight world title.
It is thought he will likely lose that belt at the end of the process.
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On September 27 it emerged that the banned substance oxilofrine, a stimulant, was found in Saunders’ system by a VADA drugs test ahead of the bout.
There were then questions regarding whether the substance was only banned ‘in competition’ (on the day of the fight) and confusion grew regarding the different rules from different organisations.
His promoter Frank Warren claimed it was down to a nasal spray product that Saunders had used which is permitted “out of competition.”