Heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury tests positive for cocaine
Just days ago, heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko citing “mental health issues.
Fury was scheduled to defend his heavyweight championship against Klitschko on October 29. We now know that was the heavyweight champ was notified that he failed a VADA-conducted test for cocaine in a random urine sample collected on September 22.
The letter to Fury said:
“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.”
Benzoylecgonine is a substance generated by the liver when metabolizing cocaine. Drug screenings consider the presence of benzoylecgonine evidence that a person has recently ingested cocaine.
VADA is the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, “an independent organization founded to offer and promote effective anti-doping programs in boxing and mixed martial arts. Both Fury and Klitschko agreed to the testing before the scheduled rematch.
Fury won four-title from Klitschko when he upset him last November. He will likely have to give up the belts as a result of the positive cocaine test.
The Fury vs. Klitschko rematch was first scheduled for July 9, but Fury pulled out of that date, blaming an injury to his ankle.