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Lucas Browne stripped of WBA title after positive 'B' test

Lucas Browne steps up to world level against Ruslan Chagaev
Image: Lucas Browne continues to protest his innocence after his positive drug test

Lucas Browne has been stripped of his WBA heavyweight title after his 'B' sample tested positive for a banned substance.

Browne returned a positive 'A' sample for clenbuterol after stopping Ruslan Chagaev on March 5 to become Australia's first heavyweight world champion.

The 37-year-old, who signed up to a voluntary anti-doping programme in the run-up to the fight, has repeatedly protested his innocence and insists he is a clean fighter.

But a second positive sample has triggered an automatic six-month ban from the WBA, who say they will reconsider his status when his suspension is up.

Browne tweeted in response: "I'm leaving everything to my lawyer, Mr Leon Margules. I thank everyone for their support, especially the people and fans of Australia."

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A statement on the WBA website said Chagaev now has 120 days to negotiate a fight with Fres Oquendo, who is mandatory challenger to the winner of the upcoming meeting between interim champion Luis Ortiz and Alexander Ustinov.

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