TYSON FURY could be stripped of his world title belts after ‘testing positive for cocaine’.
It was the second time Fury had cancelled the rematch but was defended by his uncle who claimed that the fighter was suffering from a severe bout of depression.
Peter Fury tweeted last week: “With Tysons condition’ he can not be held culpable’ detailed statement coming soon on health. He will not & should not be stripped of belts.”
According to ESPN, Fury tested positive for cocaine on September 22 – a day before he pulled out of the proposed bout.
He was forced to scrap the original July 9 date due to an ankle injury, but was scheduled to put the WBA super and WBO titles on the line at the Manchester Arena on October 29.
Fury has reportedly failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) conducted test, with cocaine found in a urine sample.
The world champ’s lawyers lodged High Court papers in July to refute charges that he used a performance-enhancing substance eighteen months ago.
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UKAD’S rap dates back to urine samples taken in 2015 when traces of banned substance nandrolone were detected.
But the ban was lifted and the October fight was scheduled to ahead – before Fury pulled out again with his camp declaring him ‘medically unfit’.