Sunday 25 February 2018

Fury's future in doubt after positive drug test


Gareth A Davis

Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury was reportedly notified on Thursday night that he had tested positive for cocaine.

The results - from a random urine sample taken by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in Lancaster on September 22 - came back positive for the substance benzoylecgonine, the central compound found in cocaine and the marker for a positive test for the banned substance.

The positive test, if upheld, could result in Fury being stripped of his heavyweight world title belts, which he was supposed to defend in a rematch with Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko on October 29 in Manchester.

The spokesman for his management team, Hennessy Sports, was unavailable for comment last night.

The teams representing Fury, Klitschko, the governing bodies for the sport in the UK and the United States Association of Boxing Commissions were informed on Thursday evening, with the unbeaten 28-year-old having withdrawn on Friday last week from his rematch with Klitschko on the grounds that he was "medically unfit".

However, according to reports from ESPN yesterday, Fury had tested positive for the drug the day before.

Fury's team did not specify the details over his withdrawal at the time, but Team Fury insiders later revealed that the withdrawal was down to depression and mindset issues, with his lawyers preparing a defence on medical grounds to the two sanctioning bodies whose belts he holds. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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