More bad news comes out about heavyweight Lucas Browne. The WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has informed RingTV that Browne has just tested positive for banned substance ostarine. This failed drug test comes on the heels of Browne testing positive for clenbuterol back in March, but Browne was adamant that he didn’t knowingly ingest the substance.
Because of that failed drug test, the WBA stripped Browne of the heavyweight title he won against Ruslan Chagaev, to which Browne responded with lawsuit against the sanctioning body. Then Browne signed up for the WBC’s clean boxing program in July. But in an effort for the WBA to reconcile their legal dispute with Browne, the WBA was going to allow Browne to face Shannon Briggs for their ‘regular’ world title.
However in light of this newly failed drug test, it’s highly questionable that that fight will go through at all — although it should be noted that Browne’s ‘B’ sample has yet to be tested.
“VADA has reported an adverse finding on Lucas Browne during a random out of competition test under the CBP, which Browne enrolled voluntarily,” Sulaiman wrote in an email on Monday night to RingTV.com. “There will be the process according to protocol. He has the right to open sample B and there will be a full investigation. Each case is different, and it is investigated separately.”
As of now, it also remains unclear as to what role the WBC’s drug testing program plays in a WBA title fight. Sulaiman reportedly didn’t respond to a question about that specific point.