Billy Joe Saunders has been denied a licence to fight (Picture: Getty)

Billy Joe Saunders has been denied a licence to defend his WBO middleweight title and appears set to be stripped of his belt.

Saunders, 29, was originally set to defend his title against Demetrius Andrade on October 20.

But he failed a voluntary drugs test last month, testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, and the boxing commission in Massachusetts have denied him a licence to fight.

Saunders, talking to the board on speaker phone, reportedly responded: ‘You can suck my prick.’

The star boxer, unbeaten in 26 fights, became the WBO middleweight world champion in December 2015 when he beat Andy Lee.

Andrade’s promoter Eddie Hearn said last week: ‘Billy Joe will apply for a license in Massachusetts and they will make the decision if he is allowed to box.

‘The most important thing is that Demetrius Andrade fights for the world title on October 20.

‘If Billy Joe Saunders is ruled out and stripped of the title, we will be looking to make a fight for the vacant world title.’

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