Billy Joe Saunders will return to the ring on 22 December since he was denied a license to shield his WBO world middleweight title.

Saunders, 29, will compete on the title defence against Carl Frampton at Manchester.

The Briton was denied a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) at August because of an adverse Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test.

He is still licensed to stay in britain.

His return to the ring against the un-named competitor will come per year since his previous outing, when he defended his world title in dramatic style on off dirt against Canada’s David Lemieux.

However Saunders, who won the WBO title in 2015, is nolonger a world winner, with promoter Frank Warren stating he gave the belt up thanks to this”mental anguish” of a drawn out fight with the MSAC.

He was expected to defend his title against Demetrius Andrade at October until his Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test in August flagged the stimulant oxilofrine, which Warren says was in an”common decongestant nasal spray”.

Under World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) rules, oxilofrine is simply banned in contest. Which usually means there is that a fighter in breach of the regulations only when it is found on your day of a bout inside their system.

However, it is illegal in any respect times by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, that administered Saunders’ test.

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