WBA champ Browne again says he's innocent of doping

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Posted: Mar 29, 2016 10:58 PM

PERTH, Australia (AP) — WBA heavyweight boxing champion Lucas Browne has again insisted he's innocent of doping, saying a urine and blood test six days before his fight against Ruslan Chagaev was negative.

Browne tested positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol, which boosts one's metabolism and burns fat, after beating Chagaev in the 10th round of their fight in Grozny, Russia, on March 5.

In Perth on Wednesday, the Australian boxer said he was randomly tested on his arrival to Russia on Feb. 29 by the Las Vegas-based Volunteer Anti-Doping Association and the test came back negative, proving he was "a clean athlete" when he entered the country.

He said his team is investigating the period in between his arrival and the night of the fight to determine why the second test was positive.