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Tyson Fury tests positive for cocaine, will likely lose his heavyweight title belts

World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for cocaine, which will likely see him be stripped of his titles.

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A week after Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) had been deemed “medically unfit” to fight Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), news has come out that Fury has tested positive for cocaine. ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported the story on Friday. According to Rafael, “Fury was notified that he failed a VADA-conducted test for cocaine in a random urine sample collected on Sept. 22.” This comes just days after UK media had reported Fury refused to take a UKAD (UK anti-doping) test.

This is the 2nd drug-testing controversy involving Fury in the space of a little over a month. Fury had previously withdrawn from a scheduled July rematch with Klitschko, citing an ankle injury. It was then revealed that Tyson and his brother Hughie had failed UK anti-doping tests, having tested positive for nandrolone, and the date of the provisional suspension just happened to coincide with Tyson pulling out of the Klitschko fight. The suspensions were lifted through an appeal, which paved the way for Fury vs. Klitschko II to be rescheduled for October 29th in Manchester, England.

As it stands, Fury will almost surely be stripped of his WBO, WBA, and (of lesser importance) IBO heavyweight belts, all of which he won when he upset Klitschko by decision last November. The 28-year-old had already risked losing his WBO and WBA titles if he did not submit a status update on his medical condition by their given deadlines. Following Fury’s latest withdrawal but prior to today’s drug test failure news, it was reported that Fury was suffering from depression.

Discussions are currently ongoing for IBF heavyweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) to fight Klitschko in late November, and although that would be a massive fight, it isn’t a done deal.