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Bute: “I have never knowingly taken any PEDS”

The D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission announced today Canadian boxer Lucian Bute (32-3-1) tested positive for a banned substance Ostarine after his April 30th super middleweight WBO  title bout with Badou Jack.

Also known as Enobosarm, Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) typically used for the treatment of osteoporosis.

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“The World Boxing Council has been notified by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission about an adverse finding for the banned substance ‘Ostarine’ in the post fight anti-doping test from Lucian Bute,” clarified World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman. “Bute challenged Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight championship in Washington, D. C. on April 30, 2016, which resulted in a draw.

“The D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission will follow its rules and regulations regarding antidoping and will be in consultation with the WBC and its Clean Boxing Program. Further news will be known in the coming days.”

“Lucian Bute was informed of the results of the anti-doping test done after his World Boxing Council (WBC) world title fight against Badou Jack, April 30, in Washington, D.C.,” added Bute’s promoter Groupe Yvon Michel Boxing.

“As reported in a statement sent by the WBC, the Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission informed them that Bute tested positive for Ostarine, in an A sample analysis, after the bout.

”I am surprised and sorry about this. I don’t understand what led to this positive result, Bute said. “I have always passed every anti-doping test that I was asked to take since I won a world title. More recently for my fight against James DeGale, in Quebec City, last November, I was tested eight times from before my training camp until after my fight. I have never taken any illegal products. I have a complete trust in my team. There will be an analysis of the B sample and I am sure that this result will be negative.”

”GYM has always been strongly in favor of a strict anti-doping policy to keep the sport of boxing clean,” GYM president Yvon Michel remarked. “We are really surprised by this first result and we now hope that the B sample proves that the first result was wrong. Until then, we support Lucian Bute.”

Any disciplinary action is pending the testing of Bute’s “B” sample.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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