It emerged on Friday that world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury had tested positive for cocaine, after ESPN published exerts from a letter sent by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association(VADA), which oversaw drug testing protocols for Fury’s aborted rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, to the camps of both fighters.
According to that letter, benzoylecgonine, the central compound found in cocaine and the marker for a positive test for the banned substance, was detected in a urine sample that Fury submitted on September 22nd.
Fury has yet to publicly comment on these results, but on Saturday he tweeted a picture of Scarface’s lead protagonist Tony Montana with his own face superimposed on top of Oliver Stone’s famous drug kingpin.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 1, 2016
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy has yet to respond to news of the positive test.
The champion had already pulled out of the October 29th rematch with Klitschko by the time this story broke. His reasons for doing so were not specified.
However, multiple sources told ESPN that Fury withdrew from the bout due to mental health issues and that a letter from Fury’s doctor was sent to Klitschko’s camp. It stated that the Englishman would be “unavailable for the foreseeable future.”
The reports seem to coincide with Hennessy’s rationale for his fighter’s withdrawal, with the promoter claiming that Fury “can now undergo the treatment he needs”.
“Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery,” said Hennessy.
“We and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch. Tyson is understandably devastated by the development.”
The sanctioning organizations involved in the fight had already requested that Fury provide them with medical reports on his status, or he risked being stripped of the titles, but in light of the positive drug test, that seems to be a mere formality.
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