Lucas Browne reacts to Shannon Briggs failed VADA drug test

CONTROVERSIAL heavyweight Shannon Briggs has failed a drug test, putting his heavyweight title hopes in serious doubt.

In a bizarre sequence of events, the 45-year-old Briggs, a former two-time heavyweight titleholder, failed a drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association as part of the WBA’s Fair Boxing Program. Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) was scheduled to face faded Puerto Rican Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) for the regular version of the WBA heavyweight championship on June 3rd.

It is understood that Briggs’ A sample was “analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, metabolic modulators, GHRP, hormones and related substances”, with the American’s testosterone to epitestosterone ratio sitting at 7.89 to 1. As per the findings by ESPN, the aforementioned ratio exceeds the allowable threshold of 4 to 1 under World Anti-Doping Agency standards.

With a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the looming fight, it appears all but certain to be cancelled. In the hours that have passed since the initial announcement earlier today, Australia’s Lucas Browne has voiced his opinion on the failed test.

“Woke up with the news of Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Briggs with his very high level of testosterone in his system,” said Browne in a video released on his Twitter account. “Two very different cases here. I got f*cked over in Chechnya in a very big way – was cleared but never got the title back – Shannon Briggs, two weeks out from a fight, very high levels of testosterone.”

“What the f*ck is going on there? Two very different styles. Let’s see if everyone from the UK and all the other smart arses that want to abuse people everyday want to get on to his f*cking page and give him some shit. Either way, I’m two weeks out from a fight, ready to smash.”

Browne, 38, was originally slated to face Briggs for the WBA’s regular heavyweight bauble, only to be withdrawn due to a positive test for banned substance ostarine after consuming a tainted supplement last November.

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