Just when it seemed things were already bad enough for Tyson Fury, shocking news breaks that says the 28-year-old has allegedly tested positive for cocaine. Fury, as fight fans know, pulled out of his return fight with Wladimir Klitschko on September 23, the official line being that the heavyweight champion was “medically unfit to fight.” Later, it was revealed by Peter Fury that Tyson was battling mental health issues.
But now, according to an exclusive news piece on ESPN.com (that has since been picked up by every major boxing website/publication) Fury has allegedly tested positive for the drug. The random test was conducted by VADA on September 22, and Fury’s urine sample came back positive for cocaine. The day after the test had been done, Fury pulled out of the October 29 rematch with Klitschko.
So far, no-one from Tyson’s team has commented on these latest, possibly career-threatening developments. Fury is now widely expected to be stripped of his world titles, but this could be the least of his troubles. How much cocaine has Fury taken, or has he been taking, and can the unbeaten fighter get clean and sober in time to save his career? Only time will tell.
Of course, Fury is not the first big name boxer to have succumbed to drugs, nor is he the first heavyweight champion to have gone down this particular road. Fury’s friends and supporters said earlier this week how he needs time to recover from his mental health issues, and many people were willing to remain on Tyson’s side, hoping he would indeed make a comeback, perhaps next year.
But now, is there any way back for the man who shocked the heavyweight division last November?