Tony Bellew: Billy Joe Saunders is no drugs cheat

Tony Bellew insists Billy Joe Saunders is not a drugs cheat and would never take a steroid and endanger another fighter’s life. Saunders is in the midst of a legal battle with the Massachusetts Athletic Commission after the governing body refused to grant him a boxing licence. The MAC’s decision was based on the fact Saunders tested positive for oxilofrine, a stimulant banned only in-competition in the UK, but sits on VADA’s prohibited list regardless of proximity to fight night. Saunders and his promoter Frank Warren are now seeking to clear Saunders’ name, and Bellew believes his fellow Brit is innocent of any wrong doing. ‘If you’re talking about fighters who have taken over-the-counter products like Billy Joe or Dillian Whyte, I’ve got an enormous amount of sympathy for them,’ Bellew told ESPN. ‘I don’t class Whyte as a steroid cheat because he drank a drink he got over the counter. If it’s proven that Saunders sniffed a nasal spray, I believe the person who gave it to him knew,” continued the scouse cruiserweight turned heavyweight.

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