WBO and WBA World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury could be stripped of his belts after testing positive for cocaine.
The self-proclaimed 'Gypsy King' was due to fight Wladimir Klitschko next month but withdrew due to mental health concerns, and this latest revelation may shed some light on the struggles Fury is facing at present.
That was the second time Fury had withdrawn from the proposed rematch with Klitschko and his uncle and trainer, Peter Fury claimed his nephew was suffering from depression.
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Fury pulled out of the fight on September 23, but according to ESPN, he had actually tested positive for cocaine a day earlier in a test taken by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
The 28-year-old recently refused to undergo testing by the UK Anti-Doping Agency on which an unidentified source said: “Tyson was visited by testers over the last few weeks but just refused.
"He said, ‘F*** off’, and wouldn’t do it. His camp tried to contact UKAD to get him tested but to date that has not taken place.”
It isn't the first time he has faced controversy with regards to banned substances either.
Last year, before his initial fight with Klitschko, he was probed by officials after traces of a banned anabolic steroid were discovered in his sample.
The samples, said to have been taken between February and March of 2015, reportedly contained nandrolone and the issue was investigated by the UK Anti-Doping Agency, but all allegations were denied by Fury himself.
Of course, Twitter has been quick to react to the news of Fury's latest controversy. See some of the tweets below.
The WBO and WBA are yet to issue statements on the issue at hand but one would expect Fury to be stripped of his belts and issued with a lengthy ban if the claims are substantiated.
The roof was already crumbling on the champion before this revelation and now his entire career seems to be under threat.
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