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Browne finds posiitve spin on drug test

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Adrian Warren

It's hard to find any benefits from a positive drug test, but Lucas Browne has managed to do just that after finally feeling vindicated and waiting for the world title belt that never arrived.

Browne tested positive for weight control drug Clenbuterol in the aftermath of his dramatic stoppage win over WBA regular heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya last March.

The WBA stripped him of the title and suspended him for six months and dumped him from their ratings after the B sample corroborated the results of the A sample.

He never got a belt of his own in the two and a half weeks before news of the positive test emerged.

Browne had to make do with posing for a few photos with a borrowed belt in his dressing room after the fight.

"I was supposed to get one in the mail and it never arrived," Browne told AAP.

Feeling their man hadn't been given a chance to put his case before the punishments were meted out, the Browne camp threatened legal action against the WBA.

That organisation then took into account Browne tested negative in a voluntary test five days before the bout, as well as 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.

A settlement was reached and the WBA will put Browne back into the top five in their next set of ratings now his suspension has ended.

They are sanctioning a fight for the vacant title against fourth-rated Fres Oquendo, which is scheduled to happen in the next four months.

Browne refuses to get bitter about what he has endured.

He was even able to display some black humour and extract a positive out of the hail of negative publicity which followed news of the test.

"Exposure is exposure, when it comes down to it," Browne said.

"I think there's a lot more people that know who I am due to this, not just the fight.

"So looking at a positive spin on it, it did gain me a little bit more exposure I suppose."

Although feeling vindicated by the WBA's latest decision, Browne has lost out financially because of what transpired earlier, with no new sponsors coming on board.

For Browne, the loss of potential financial gains has been compounded by the sting of not having a belt, the traditional symbol of boxing supremacy.

"The worst part is I can't actually walk into a venue or a boxing show with the belt and say I am the champion," Browne said.

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