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Briggs fails VADA drug test, Oquendo fight likely canceled

Shannon Briggs appears to have been flagged for dramatically high levels of testosterone.

Boxing at The O2 Arena Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

As is being reported by ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Shannon Briggs has just been busted in a random VADA drug test which will put his scheduled WBA title fight with Fres Oquendo in serious jeopardy.

“Breaking news: Heavyweight Shannon Briggs has failed a random VADA-conducted urine test for dramatically elevated levels of testosterone, ESPN has learned. His June 3 fight against Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA "regular" title likely will be canceled.”

Briggs, 45, has been on a long and persistent campaign to make another run at a world title after falling into the abyss like aging fighters tend to do. But Briggs was actually making significant progress through a catchy “Let’s Go Champ!” marketing campaign, which earned him more attention than his actual boxing has warranted as of late.

Needless to say, I’m sure there will be some sort of rebuttal or explanation coming from Briggs’ camp in the coming days, but this news certainly doesn’t bode well for the Briggs brand, nor his world title aspirations.

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