Last week, Lucas Browne (24-0, 21KOs), was stripped of his WBA heavyweight title and suspended for six months after testing positive for the banned drug, Clenbuterol.
Browne was tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) after his 10th round stoppage of Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya on March 5th. Browne’s A sample was found to contain Clenbuterol, a substance Browne denies taking. Last week the WBA confirmed that Browne’s B sample also contained the banned substance.
Browne was promptly stripped of his title after the announcement and given a six-month suspension by the WBA.
However, the Australian heavyweight argues that his random test upon entering Chechnya was clean and insists foul play has taken place after his entry into the country.
Regardless of the recent events, Browne is still keen to fight, aiming to be back in the ring this September, once again pursuing a world title.
“It’s a shame but not the biggest surprise,” said Browne, speaking to thewest.com.au. “It’s just a speed hump, so to speak, and there’s more to come. I’ll be looking at coming back in September. There are three more routes to a world title (besides the WBA). It’s certainly not the end for me.”