BILLY JOE SAUNDERS was amazingly denied a license to fight Demetrius Andrade and is set to be stripped of his WBO middleweight title.
The 29-year-old failed a drug test in August and the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission decided not to grant him a licence for his scheduled title defence in Boston on October 20.
Billy Joe Saunders has been denied a licence to defend his WBO middleweight title
Saunders tested positive for banned stimulant oxilofrine and WBO president Paco Valcarcel threatened to strip him of the belt if he failed to secure a licence.
He said in a statement that the positive test was a result of using "a common decongestant nasal spray" and his B-sample came back clear.
The former Olympian will not face any punishment from the British Boxing Board of Control because the failed test was out of competition.
The World Anti-Doping Agency also said they had no issues with the test, but Massachusetts authorities still denied him a licence.
Andrade will fight unbeaten Namibian Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant title at Boston's TD Garden.
The pair were supposed to meet in the ring on October 20 but that now looks to be off with Saunders unlikely to retain his belt.
Andrade's promoter Eddie Hearn previously said: "Billy Joe will apply for a license in Massachusetts and they will make the decision if he is allowed to box.
"The most important thing is that Demetrius Andrade fights for the world title on October 20.
"If Billy Joe Saunders is ruled out and stripped of the title, we will be looking to make a fight for the vacant world title."
Earlier on this year, Saunders labelled Canelo Alvarez "a cheat" and said the Mexican should be banned for life after failing a drug test.
The Hertfordshire boxer was caught up in a series of controversies in recent months.
He was captured taunting a drug addict in a sickening video and was fined £100,000 for the incident.
Hours after being slapped with the fine, Saunders then picked up a parking ticket.
The Southpaw boxer has a perfect professional record of 26 wins from 26 fights.