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Shannon Briggs gets 6-month suspension for failed drug test

Briggs tested for elevated levels of testosterone leading up to his previously scheduled fight with Fres Oquendo.

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The WBA has decided to suspend Shannon Briggs for six months stemming from his failed drug test that showed abnormal levels of testosterone in his system. Briggs, 45, had been slated to take on Fres Oquendo for a vacant WBA title on June 3rd but the failed test nixed that contest just a couple weeks before it could take place.

Briggs’ test results showed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 7.89 to 1 which is well beyond the 4 to 1 limit allowed by World Anti-Doping Agency. The WBA’s ruling on the Briggs’ case mentioned that “no boxer who has tested positive for a prohibited substance can be rated, retain a title, or be permitted to participate in a sanctioned bout for no less than six (6) months from the date of the positive test."

The suspension is therefore retroactive to test date, meaning Briggs will be eligible to get back in action with the WBA after November 13.

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