Another doping case has come to light as Lucian Bute tests positive for the banned substance Ostarine after he fought to a draw with WBC super middleweight titlist Badou Jack on April 30. The WBC announced the news yesterday and informed the D.C. D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission of the positive test.
"The D. C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission will follow its rules and regulations regarding antidoping and will be in consultation with the WBC and its Clean Boxing Program," WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement of its partnership with VADA. "Further news will be known in the coming days."
In light of the positive drug test, Bute could be suspended or fined, and even dragged in front of the commission to explain himself. In any case, it seems all but certain that the draw will be declared a no decision.
Ostarine has been on WADA's banned substance list since 2008, and is said to help athletes increase their stamina. But Bute says he's surprised at the positive test and is sure that his 'B' sample will come back negative.
"I am surprised and sorry about this," he said. "I don't understand what led to this positive result. I have always passed every anti-doping test that I was asked to take since I won a world title. More recently for my fight against James DeGale, in Quebec City, last November, I was tested eight times from before my training camp until after my fight. I have never taken any illegal products. There will be an analysis of the B sample and I am sure that this result will be negative."