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Heavyweight champ Lucas Browne passes lie detector test regarding illegal drug allegations – SportsUntapped.com
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Added April 18th, 2016 by Ian

Heavyweight champ Lucas Browne passes lie detector test regarding illegal drug allegations
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Undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne (24-0, 21 Kos) of Australia is on a mission to prove that he didn’t take any performance-enhancing drugs prior to his bout against former champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 Kos) of Russia. Browne managed to come from behind to stop Chagaev in the 10th round of their March 5th contest in Chechnya, but then failed the post-fight drug test. Officials said Browne’s first test indicated that he had a banned substance named Clenbuterol in his system.

However Browne and his promoter, former world champion Ricky Hatton, pointed out that Clenbuterol is known to be a fat-stripping drug that is mainly used by bodybuilders. In addition, the substance may be fed to cows to improve their meat quality. Hatton said it doesn’t make sense for a heavyweight boxer to try to lose fat or weight since there’s no weight restriction in the division. Browne and Hatton also claim that it was their idea for both boxers to submit to drug tests by the VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). VADA said Browne’s A test was positive, but they still don’t have the results of his B urine sample.

Browne obviously doesn’t like being called a cheater though and it was announced on April 16th that he had passed an independent polygraph (lie detector test) regarding the matter. The boxer told the media, “We were actually the ones who demanded independent testers. I had a random blood and urine test five days before the fight and there was absolutely nothing in my system. Why would I then take Clenbuterol which is going to make my heart go triple speed before a 12-round world title fight? It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Browne said the pre-fight test was conducted by VADA and he has a certificate to prove that he passed it. The first-ever Australian heavyweight champion added that the 37-year-old Chagaev was tested first after the fight and he had to wait around for a couple of hours. He believes if the banned drug was indeed in his system it could have been digested by his body the night before the fight when he was given a steak to eat. Browne said it’s possible that Clenbuterol was indeed in his system, but the lie detector test shows that he didn’t knowingly put it there.

The 36-year-old champ also assumes that since his A sample came back positive then the B sample will too. But he did mention that Sam Soliman, a former middleweight titleholder, failed an A test but passed a B test. Browne said he soon turns 37 years old and he can’t afford a two-year suspension at this point of his career. He also understands that he may be spared a ban, but the bout against Chagaev could end up being ruled a no-contest. If that happens, the two boxers will likely be ordered to fight again for a vacant title. When Browne knocked the former champ out back in March, he was behind on all three judges’ scorecards by seven, six and six points.

 
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