Newly crowned, WBA heavyweight champion, Lucas Browne (24-0, 21KOs) is reported to have failed a drugs test taken after his clash with Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) in Chechnya earlier this month.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael broke the story, reporting that Browne had tested positive for Clenbuterol in a screening conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
The ESPN report also features a letter from VADA president, Dr. Margaret Goodman, written to the organisers of Chagaev vs. Browne, stating:
“This letter is to advise you that the ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 2998060 collected from Lucas Browne … has been analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists and stimulants.
“The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains Clenbuterol.
“Mr Browne has the right to promptly request analysis of the ‘B’ sample at his expense.”
Browne released no official statement but simply tweeted “I don’t understand today’s news, and I’m seeking legal advice…”
Unless specimen ‘B’ proves his innocence, Browne, Australia’s first heavyweight champion, has almost certainly lost the chance of a big money fight against the likes of Tyson Fury, David Haye or Anthony Joshua.