Tyson Fury Reportedly to Be Stripped of Heavyweight Belts After Failed Drug Test

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Tyson Fury looks on during a press conference ahead of his fight with Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena on April 27, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury will reportedly be stripped of his championships due to a failed drug test.

Per MailOnline Sport, Fury's drug test came back positive for cocaine. ESPN.com's Dan Rafael added that Fury's sample was collected Sept. 22 and that results from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) are not yet complete, but the positive test will "likely" result in Fury being stripped of his titles.

On Saturday, Fury tweeted an image of himself as Tony Montana from Scarface:


#Tysonmontana https://t.co/ccaTHpVuRY

Fury was set for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on Oct. 29, but he pulled out of the fight Sept. 23 when his promoter said he was medically unfit to compete, per Rafael.

Rafael's report noted the correspondence between the camps of Fury and Klitschko included a note from Fury's doctor that said he had "mental health issues and would be 'unavailable for the foreseeable future.'"

Fury's promoter, Mick Hennessy, also issued a statement, included in Rafael's report, about Fury's decision to withdraw from the rematch:

It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that the world heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko will not be going ahead. Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring.

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The rematch between Fury and Klitschko was originally scheduled to take place July 9, but Fury postponed it in June when he suffered a sprained ankle while training.

Fury defeated Klitschko to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles last November with a unanimous decision. It was Klitschko's first loss in 11 years and just the fourth of his career.

The 28-year-old Fury has a 25-0 career record with 18 knockouts.


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