Lucas Browne sensationally tested positive to banned substance clenbuterol following his WBA regular heavyweight world title fight victory over Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan, in Chechnya earlier this month. The 36-year-old from Sydney has produced what he claims is proof he is not a drugs cheat.
Browne on Wednesday released a statement detailing how his blood and urine were tested by officials from the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on February 29 in Chechnya — just five days before his fight on March 6 and showed no positive results for any banned substance.
“I am now able to report to you that on February 29th shortly after arriving in Chechnya I was subjected to a randomly timed drugs test by VADA. This was a test of blood and urine. The post fight test was a urine only test.", explains Browne. “I now hold clear and unequivocal evidence that this was a negative test and shows clearly that I arrived in Chechnya a clean athlete. Following that clean test I ate only at the hotel in which we were hosted and at the meal following the boxers media weigh in. The water I drank on the night of the fight was sealed bottled water. My team’s investigations will now concentrate on the period of time between the clean test on 29 February and the fight itself on March 5,” he said.“I maintain that I did not knowingly consume any banned substance, including the clenbuterol found in my system at that time."
It comes as WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury hinted that Browne could have been doped against his will in Chechnya. Fury famously refused to drink water following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in November fearing it may have been spiked. “Listen, I told you about these waters, didn’t I?”, said Fury. “What did I say at the Klitschko fight? Someone was trying to hand me drinks of water. I said no. Don’t give me nothing. Why do you think I wouldn’t take a drink until I got home? And I was dying for a drink. I was dehydrated. I could have drunk five gallons of water, but I never because of the drugs situation. Too smart for that lot.”