Browne fails second drugs test in eight months

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Australian heavyweight boxer Lucas Browne has failed a drug test for the second time in just eight months.

The 37-year-old tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol after stopping Ruslan Chagaev in March and was stripped of his WBA heavyweight title and handed a six-month ban.

Browne, who was due to fight Shannon Briggs for the vacant WBA belt before the end of the year, vowed to clear his name, but is now facing up to another failed test.

A World Boxing Council (WBC) statement read: "The WBC has received notification from VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) regarding an adverse finding from a test performed in Australia to boxer Lucas Browne.

"The WBC CBP (CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM) will follow its protocol and has begun its investigation of the facts and will be updating information about this case in the near future.

"Lucas Browne enrolled in the CBP in a voluntary basis and will certainly have the opportunity to request the opening of the B sample according to protocol and the CBP rules and regulations."

Browne is unbeaten and has won 21 of his 24 bouts by knockout.