Lucas Browne Test Results Leaked; Beware Deontay Wilder

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Late on Monday night news outlets started reporting that Australia's Lucas Browne has tested positive for Clenbuterol, a banned substance. Browne captured the WBA World Heavyweight title with a tenth round knockout of champion Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia back on March 5th and the test puts that title victory in jeopardy. Browne had been basking in the glory of his win, returning to his home country as their first ever heavyweight champion. It does appear now, however, as if the party is over.

Browne has expressed shock in his statements, saying that he had never heard of Clenbuterol and that he was not a drug cheat. The agency that administered the testing, VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) sent notice that Browne had failed a post-fight urine test, and Browne was quick to point out that it was his party that requested the testing from VADA in the first place.

Browne is seeking further legal advice, and his next procedural step could be to accept the personal cost of requesting the testing of a “B” sample that was also taken. If the “B” sample is negative, the “A” test is thrown out and the result of the March 5th engagement with Chagaev would stand. Only on rare occasions has the “B” sample ever come back different than the “A” sample. 

Here is where things get interesting. The BBC's piece on the situation quotes Browne saying “My team and I were well aware of the many risks involved in going to a place like Chechnya to fight a reigning champion and believed we had taken sufficient precautions.”

Browne is promoted in the United Kingdom by Ricky Hatton, and Hatton Promotions released a statement backing Browne and stating that they were inititiating their own investigation.

All of this comes in light of Russia's recent scandal involving PED use and drug testing that alleged wholesale cheating backed by the government. I have not read all of the details involving that scandal, but there were some incredibly serious allegations, including the replacement of laboratory personnel by agents of the FSB (the old KGB) duirng the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Russia is currently banned from the 2016 Olympic Games, however  in the convoluted world of international cloak and dagger, there is a good chance that the Russian team will compete.

Browne is not the first fighter to express concerns about fighting in Russia. The German Boxing Association is said to have requested the test, but that group has it's own nefarious reputation when it comes to drug testing. Chagaev is based out of Germany.

Check out our live report from the fight “Browne Drops and Stops Chagaev in Grozny”.

Back in November, Tyson Fury was facing Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, and Fury and his team were very public about the “precautions” they took. This included very publicly not accepting any water or post-fight replenishment for fear that they may have been tampered with. Did Browne's plan include that level of detail? Would it have made a difference?

The fact of the matter is that the Deontay Wilder camp is probably going to have to pay attention to all of this. The WBC Champion has come to a verbal agreement to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in Russia. This came after Povetkin's promoters submitted a purse bid that assures Wilder more than $4 million to fight. 

Wilder was against fighting in Russia throughout the build-up, but simple circumstances and economics made him re-think his stance.

The current situation dictates that Wilder re-think the fight in Russia yet again. Wilder is accused of using PEDs in some circles already because of his body type. He should be extra cautious heading east of the old “iron curtain.” Going into foreign territory appears to be more complicated and risky than originally thought.

The Lucas Browne scandal is bad for boxing, because the chances that he is exonerated are quite low statistically. If it plays out that Browne is stripped, the process will likely see Chagaev given the belt back. If the end result is that Deontay Wilder versus Alexander Povetkin falls apart and does not happen, then it will have been a disaster for the Heavyweight division.

 

 

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-deepwater2 :

Protect yourself at all times.the Irish travelers know all the tricks. National pride and millions on the line encourages scoundrels. Beware women at the hotel.prepare your own food. Security at all times. This is war. Australia might have to wait a long time for another champ. Never been to Oz but the best memory of Amsterdam I have, is stumbling upon some Australian ice cream shop. Best I ever had. Damn good chocolate ice cream. The name? I just remember it was orange. The sign and most of the furniture. Orange. Deontae better take heed. Spend some training expense money on hiring a crack security team, send the team a week early before the fight. Scope things out. Or send the Watson's to picture bomb everyone in st Petersburg.that will keep em distracted. Change the hotel accommodations at the last minute. Don't let the foreign promoter in on anything you don't have to. Eat and drink food and water guarded by the security team.


-miguel1 :

Yeah it is sad. I guess the idea is that he was given something, but how the hell would anyone know for sure it was his **** they were testing? Here is one thing you wont hear anywhere else. Many people my age (mid 40s) will remember the East Geman women swimmers and weight lifters. The bottom line is that countries from the old communist bloc took sports competition internationally VERY seriously, and the environment and culture is more of experimentation. The system that brings up athletes in these countries has its roots back then. So Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, even Germany (half the country was eastern bloc) are more likely to think of it as Americans imposing rules and whatever they want. They just dont see it as cheating. And maybe we shouldnt either.


-deepwater2 :

The communist are international. They are closer than you think. A lot of athletes just go to the quack and say they have low testosterone. They get their drugs with a therapeutic use note attached.


-Kid Blast :

You can order what you want through Facebook. If I want PEDS including steroids) for power lifting, I can get them on Facebook. However, I don't and never have used. The closest thing I use is Creatine. I don't know if that's banned in boxing. The use of PEDS among Pro lifters is rampant, so much so that they don't even bother to test. As an amateur most of the time, I am subject to random urine tests. I’m not medically smart enough to draw definitive conclusions about Performance Enhancing Drugs. I’m no pharmacist or alchemist, nor am I a strength and conditioning coach, but I do know something about the impact of banned substances such as hydrochlorothiazid, Stanozolol, anabolic steroids, Norandosterone, cocaine, Nandrolone, oxandolone, Bolden one, Cathie, elevated testosterone, HGH and Saizen, marijuana metabolites, Synthetic Testosterone, Furosemide, and Tetrahydrogestrinone. I also know how usage can be masked and/or done in combination. But what’s far worse, I believe I can put a name in front of each of these substances.


-Kid Blast :

They will try to make the story that he was "given" something but that's a load of crap IMO. The real story is where did that svelte look come from all of a sudden. He claims no junk food. Yeah, right. The only user who has ever admitted using illegally has been Luis Ortiz against Kayode. The rest always have a lame excuse. The focus here should be on
giving him a fair hearing. Then, if he has been found a user, give him a stiff penalty. Look at what they did to Kid Galahad You do the crime, you do the time.


-miguel1 :

Agreed. But with it is a minefield with whois involved here (Chechnyans, Russian and Germans oh my). Good luck getting due process. I said it more politely in the piece, but Browne is unfortunately screwed. That Replacement Therapy exemption thing was a huge joke and I think they stopped it if I recall correctly. But the point is that the cheaters are WAY AHEAD OF THE GAME, being the guys masking tests or something more sinister. The thing is he got caught by a urine test too, which is just about the easiest thing to mask.


-deepwater2 :

You can order what you want through Facebook. If I want PEDS including steroids) for power lifting, I can get them on Facebook. However, I don't and never have used. The closest thing I use is Creatine. I don't know if that's banned in boxing. The use of PEDS among Pro lifters is rampant, so much so that they don't even bother to test. As an amateur most of the time, I am subject to random urine tests. I’m not medically smart enough to draw definitive conclusions about Performance Enhancing Drugs. I’m no pharmacist or alchemist, nor am I a strength and conditioning coach, but I do know something about the impact of banned substances such as hydrochlorothiazid, Stanozolol, anabolic steroids, Norandosterone, cocaine, Nandrolone, oxandolone, Bolden one, Cathie, elevated testosterone, HGH and Saizen, marijuana metabolites, Synthetic Testosterone, Furosemide, and Tetrahydrogestrinone. I also know how usage can be masked and/or done in combination. But what’s far worse, I believe I can put a name in front of each of these substances.
Creatine works! When I'm training I use creatine. Also whey protein mixed with pure maltodextrin. Glutamine at bedtime. A multivitamin every training day. Only the weak use illegal junk.


-Kid Blast :

Agreed.


-Radam G :

Big Daddy is down under stupid for thinking that he was "welcomed to Russia with love." He got wined and dined. And something else shined. He accomplished his means. But none of it was worth a hill of beans. Dude got set up from the floor up. He is probably ready to throw up. Because now that paper title he got will be tore up. Lesson learnt. In the crookedness and seediness of boxing, you will be burnt. Take your own food and water with you everywhere that you go. Nuff said! Holla!


-cantillon :

Wilder has never been accused of using PEDs. He has always passed testing and is a big proponent of testing. Wilder is pushing for testing against Povetkin. The writer of this article is clueless.


-Kid Blast :

Aside from Luis Ortiz, When was the last time a boxer actually admitted his or her guilt to using? Answer, never. Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola was fined and suspended by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after testing positive for marijuana following his December 12, 2015 bout against Travis Kauffman at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. His narrow split decision victory was officially changed to a no contest. This was his second infraction. Antonio Tarver, according to Sports Illustrated, failed a drug test for his fight with Steve Cunningham in August 2015, testing positive for a banned substance prior to the bout on both the "A" and "B" samples. This was the second failed drug test for Tarver as well as he also failed a test when he drew with Lateef Kayode in 2012 in a cruiserweight bout, Luis Ortiz was caught against double victim Kayode but at least the big Cuban didn’t deny it. Meanwhile, Kayode was hammered out of the ring in the first round. Declan Warrington wrote in a report from the guardian dated July 29, 2015 that American heavyweight boxer Tony Thompson failed a drugs test for the fight that may have ruined David Price’s career. Thompson was given an 18-month ban by the British Boxing Board of Control after his second victory over Price. Also back in 2013, Mariusz Wach admitted that he used anabolic steroids before his November 10 fight with Wladimir Klitschko in Germany. But then, in a bile-inducing coda, he said “his greatest suspicion falls on his trainers, but there was also a much larger group who helped him during his training so he’s not sure where it came from…” (Mariusz Wach Update, Fightnews.com. January 9, 2013). Again in 2013, scary looking Guillermo Jones tested positive for Furosemide after his bloody and now legendary brawl with gritty and equally scary looking Denis Lebedev. Later, in a display of uncommon hubris, there was the issue of the rematch where incredibly Jones again tested positive for the same substance in a pre-fight test.. On that occasion, the positive drug test prompted the WBA to strip Jones of the belt, but oddly, not of the win. He should have been banned for life. Undefeated Kid Galahad was found to have illegal levels of a metabolite of stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, after being tested after his fight on September 20 for which the Kid initially blamed his brother for spiking his drink as a joke—still another tiresome excuse. Also Teper And this one, too.
->http://boxrec.com/title/WBFIUS?division=Super%20Middleweight Ugh—so much for zero tolerance. PS: Of course, we can go back to Mosley, Toney, and Holyfield, etc., but this has been going on for some time. As Jim Lampley says, sooner or later, the worse thing might happen and then the "sport" of boxing will be challenged as never before.


-stormcentre :

Yep, hard to argue with most of what's written in the above posts. As I have written many times before here over the years PEDs are everywhere and they're here to stay. But I think there is something a bit strange about this and I am not just saying this because Browne is an Aussie. Here's why I think something may be up.

Sure, there's plenty of good reasons why Browne would do it. But then the drug that he was caught with is regularly tested for by;

A) Not just VADA. B) But also the lesser drug testing agencies.

Therefore, unless you specifically contract for it, and or have a *TUE (or the equivalent) for it; then you can pretty much bet that you will be tested for it Add to it all; Browne's team were pretty vocal and proactive about getting VADA on board before the fight, and VADA did the testing too. Look, I know Browne and Hatton are certainly no brain surgeons. But you'd have to - quite literally - really be *stupid and/or in need of a *frontal lobotomy to do all that, call VADA in, and then (still) go and take a drug like Clenbuterol. Abovementioned *caveats aside; there's not much VADA miss. So to get them on board and take anything that's easily detected is just nuts; even if it's not the biggest payday/fight of your life. As stated above; I'm not just saying all this cause Lucas is an Aussie; as it don't really matter to me. But the above are the facts as I know them. Then, you have the fact that Browne was chaperoned around everywhere in Grozny with a 3 man security detail. He went nowhere without those guys being with him. And whilst that's nice; it also means there was always knowledge and intellect about his whereabouts. If it were me - and I were planning on taking PEDS - I know there certainly are a hell of a lot of other far, far, better (and less detectable) substances out there than a drug like Clenbuterol; that is readily available almost anywhere. For instance, EPO - a drug that;

A) Provides scintillating performance benefits that more than triple that which Browne was detected to have. B) Costs considerably more to properly test for (and therefore in VADA client fees) and therein has a built in reason (for client's) not to test (and pay) for it.



Summary; PEDs are rife, and at the end of the day you never know with these things. Browne and/or Hatton (whom is probably as desperate to have a world champion in his stables as Lucas is to be that person) may be that stupid. But this sounds like there's more to the story. :) :) :)


-stormcentre :

Yep, hard to argue with most of what's written in the above posts. As I have written many times before here over the years PEDs are everywhere and they're here to stay. But I think there is something a bit strange about this and I am not just saying this because Browne is an Aussie. Here's why I think something may be up.

Sure, there's plenty of good reasons why Browne would do it. But then the drug that he was caught with is regularly tested for by;

A) Not just VADA. B) But also the lesser drug testing agencies.

Therefore, unless you specifically contract for it, and or have a *TUE (or the equivalent) for it; then you can pretty much bet that you will be tested for it Add to it all; Browne's team were pretty vocal and proactive about getting VADA on board before the fight, and VADA did the testing too. Look, I know Browne and Hatton are certainly no brain surgeons. But you'd have to - quite literally - really be *stupid and/or in need of a *frontal lobotomy to do all that, call VADA in, and then (still) go and take a drug like Clenbuterol. Abovementioned *caveats aside; there's not much VADA miss. So to get them on board and take anything that's easily detected is just nuts; even if it's not the biggest payday/fight of your life. As stated above; I'm not just saying all this cause Lucas is an Aussie; as it don't really matter to me. But the above are the facts as I know them. Then, you have the fact that Browne was chaperoned around everywhere in Grozny with a 3 man security detail.


->https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/30968661/boxer-browne-treated-like-movie-star-in-chechnya/

He went nowhere without those guys being with him. And whilst that's nice; it also means there was always knowledge and intellect about his whereabouts. If it were me - and I were planning on taking PEDS - I know there certainly are a hell of a lot of other far, far, better (and less detectable) substances out there than a drug like Clenbuterol; that is readily available almost anywhere. For instance, EPO - a drug that;

A) Provides scintillating performance benefits that more than triple that which Browne was detected to have. B) Costs considerably more to properly test for (and therefore in VADA client fees) and therein has a built in reason (for client's) not to test (and pay) for it.



Summary; PEDs are rife, and at the end of the day you never know with these things. Browne and/or Hatton (whom is probably as desperate to have a world champion in his stables as Lucas is to be that person) may be that stupid. But this sounds like there's more to the story. :) :) :)


-miguel1 :

I think the writer did not say Wilder uses steroids, but he has had allegations made by opponents. Sying, why take chances on Wilder's part if VADA testing means nothing in russia? That is where Browne got caught up.


-miguel1 :

Also, Ray Beltran is off suspenion and training again, will be TSS later today. He was suspended for doping and admitted he tok it. the coach was the fall guy there, but he didnt deny taking he said he had trusted his coach.


-Kid Blast :

Saying that he trusted his coach is not, I submit, an admission. It's an excuse. But I get your point. Beltran needs more than PEDS to help his game.


-deepwater2 :

just a question. How come these guys don't re-hydrate with 750 ml of saline after the weigh in?


-Kid Blast :

I believe they do or something similar


-miguel1 :

I was just reading up on this situation. Im going to try to watch the fight again on Sunday. I watched it live and the feed I had was British. I just read something that reminded me, there was one round that the bell sounded and the thing had 40 seconds left. So much so that the announcer said, what happened to the last 40 seconds. The thing I read also mentioned that round 6, when Brown was down, went an extra 30 seconds as well. Interesting. This is what fighting in Nevada in 1898 must have been like lol.