One week after pulling out of an Oct. 29 fight with former champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-0, 53 KOs), heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0-0, 18 KO’s) has tested positive for cocaine, according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.
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An excerpt from a letter was shared from Dr. Margaret Goodman of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) to Fury, the British Boxing Board of Control, and the United States’ Association of Boxing Commissions.
“This letter is to advise you that the ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 4006253 collected from Tyson Fury on September 22, 2016 in Lancaster, England through his participation in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program has been analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, stimulants and drugs of abuse. The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains benzoylecgonine.
“Mr. Fury has the right to promptly request analysis of the ‘B’ sample at his expense.”
Accrording to Fury’s manager Mick Hennessy, Fury’s pullout of the Klithscko rematch was because Fury was medically unfit to fight, with mental health issues being the primary cause.
The fight was originally scheduled for July 9, but Fury sustained an injury to his ankle.
A UKADA hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 4. If Fury is found guilty, he could be banned, with his titles relinquished and boxing license suspended or revoked altogether.
As of this time, there has been no official comment from Fury or his representatives.
The process continues.