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Boxer Browne vindicated by WBA decision

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 By Adrian Warren

Lucas Browne feels vindicated by the WBA's decision to match him with Fres Oquendo for their regular heavyweight boxing world title, which they stripped him of after a positive drug test earlier this year.

Browne is set to fight Puerto Rican Oquendo in December or January, with parties in Australia, China and Britain expressing interest in staging the bout.

Browne was suspended for six months after weight control drug clenbuterol was detected in a test following his stoppage win over Ruslan Chagaev last March in Grozny, Chechnya.

The Browne camp were preparing to take legal action against the WBA because they felt they hadn't been given a chance to present their case before the organisation announced their sanctions.

However, a settlement was reached and a document outlining the WBA's decision on Browne was posted on the worldboxingnews.net website.

It hadn't been posted on the WBA website by early Wednesday evening (AEST) but Browne's manager Matt Clark confirmed it was the exact document he had signed off on.

In reaching its decision, the WBA took into account Browne tested negative in a voluntary test five days before the bout and his evidence and argument he didn't voluntarily ingest a banned substance.

It also noted expert opinion the Australian would not have a gained an advantage from a single small dose of the drug.

"It's good that they've come out and said they believe that I didn't do it on purpose and that it was only a one-off in my system," Browne told AAP on Wednesday.

"So it at least vindicates me which is good, but I still don't have the belt.

"I'm basically in the same position as I was before the Chagaev fight.

"Considering all that has happened with the positive test, it's a good spot to be in but, at the same time, I haven't really moved forward either."

He said he had been training, but would go into an eight-to-10-week camp, some of which would be in Florida.

Clark said he wasn't pointing the finger at anyone over how Browne had tested positive for clenbuterol, but revealed how he had established it was just the one dose.

"We sent off a sample to America to get tested and it came back confirming it was a single dose of clenbuterol," Clark told AAP.

"The experts analysed it and confirmed that he couldn't have had this in his system before entering Chechnya and we had the random test on the Monday before the fight and he was completely clean."

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