Lucas Browne has had his drug ban overturned.
Lucas Browne has had his drug ban overturned. Musa Sadulayev

Browne gets another shot at world title

UNBEATEN Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne will get the chance to win the World Boxing Association title again after being cleared of deliberately taking a banned substance.

Browne was suspended for six months following his title win over Ruslan Chagaev in Chechnya in March after testing positives for traces of the weight-stripping drug clenbuterol.

The Perth fighter lost the belt and the bout was declared a no-contest but Browne insisted he had never knowingly taken anything prohibited.

A random test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency six days before the fight came back negative, which showed he entered the country clean.

The 37-year-old, who settled out of court after taking legal action against the WBA, will now get another title shot against US-based Puerto Rican Fres Oquendo.

"I understand why the WBA had to follow its procedure but I was determined to clear my name,” Browne said.

"Now I want to win the belt back. It's nice that people have said they still see me as the champ. But it's not the same as being the champ legitimately.”

The venue and date for the Oquendo fight is undecided.

There has been talk the fight could take place in Melbourne in November or December, while China in January to coincide with the Chinese New Year, has also been suggested.


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