Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has reportedly failed a drugs test.
The world champion was given a random drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on September 22 in Lancaster. But his urine sample tested positive for benzoylecgonine – a compound which is found in cocaine.
If the result is upheld, then it could head to Fury losing his heavyweight world title belts.
The 28-year-old had been due to defend his title in a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester on October 29. But he pulled out of the match the day after taking the drug test, claiming he was “medically unfit to fight”.
Two samples of urine were taken from Fury and he could choose to have the second one analysed to check the result. If that one also tests positive for cocaine or he does not ask for the second sample to be tested, he is likely to be suspended from boxing.
Drug Testing helps maintain standards in sport
Drug testing is often used in sport to check participants are not using substances which might enhance their performance and give them an unfair advantage. However, regular drug testing has only been a feature in boxing for the last few years and there have been a number of high profile failures.
Earlier this year the former super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute tested positive for the banned substance ostarine, a drug which is taken to boost muscle growth. He denied knowingly taking the drug and claimed he had consumed a supplement which had been contaminated with ostarine.
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