Tyson Fury has denied that there is any truth to a report published in today’s Sunday Mirror which alleged that traces of the anabolic steroid nandrolone were found in a sample he presented for testing early last year and that he was subsequently investigated by UK Anti-Doping.
In a statement released to their website, the world heavyweight champion’s promoters, Mick Hennessy Sports, claimed that they were confused by the emergence of the story and refuted it’s claims on their fighter’s behalf.
“We are baffled by today’s story in the Sunday Mirror,” read the statement. “Tyson Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. He looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October”.
Fury has always been outspoken regarding the prevalence of drugs in boxing, claiming in an interview with BBC Radio 5 in November of 2015 that the sport had a major problem. However, controversial as ever, he added that he didn’t care if his opponents were benefiting from the use of performance enhancing substances and called for doping to be legalised.
“I can look at a man and tell you if he’s full of drugs by one glance at his body with his top off,” said Fury. “Boxing has got a big problem with drugs. But it doesn’t bother me because at the end of the day it’s about determination over drugs.”
“I think being in a democratic world means we have to be open to different things. Why don’t they make drugs totally legal in sports and then it would be fully fair?
“If the governing bodies want to do that, it will be a bit fairer. You can’t tell me that 99% of these sportspeople ain’t taking drugs if they’ve got bodies like Greek gods.
“If a man wants to pump himself full of drugs it’s only shortening his life isn’t it?”
Earlier in the week, Fury was forced to withdraw from his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, which was scheduled for July 9th at the Manchester Arena, after he suffered an ankle injury. A new date for the fight has not yet been set.