Australian boxer Lucas Browne is seeking the legal proceedings after the WBA stripped him of their regular heavyweight world boxing title and suspended him for six months.
The move comes after the B sample of a doping test taken following his fight against Ruslan Chagaev also tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol.
Browne became Australia’s first heavyweight world champion in March when he climbed off the canvas to stop Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya.
“I’m leaving everything to my lawyer Leon Margules,” Browne said in reaction to news.
Browne has always insisted he didn’t take any illegal substance in the lead up to the fight.
However, clenbuterol turned up in Browne’s A urine sample in a post-fight test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
The WBA, who named Browne their Fighter of the Month following his spectacular victory, took no immediate action against him following that test.
Once the B sample corroborated the earlier one, the WBA championships committee stripped Browne and suspended him.
“When that six-month period is over, Browne’s status will be reconsidered, depending on whether or not he intends to return to the ring,” the WBA said on their website.