Boxing Champ Tyson Fury Tests Positive For Cocaine

By Staff  |  09/30/2016

Tyson Fury

Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who recently pulled out of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, has tested positive for cocaine, reports ESPN.

Both fighters agreed to drug testing by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), leading up to their rematch, which was set for Oct. 29. Apparently, a urine test Fury submitted on Sept. 22 in Lancaster, England has come back positive for cocaine.

Results from VADA for PEDs have not been released yet.

Fury promoter Mick Hennessy said last week that the champ withdrew from the Klitschko rematch because he had been "declared medically unfit to fight." While his condition was not divulged, he said it was "too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch", while adding that Fury requires "treatment before going back into the ring."

"Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery," Hennessy said. "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."

According to ESPN, sources said that correspondence between both fighters' camps included a letter from Fury's doctor that said he had mental health issues and that he would be "unavailable for the foreseeable future."