British boxer Tyson Fury, who recently pulled out of his October 29 rematch with Klitschko has been notified he tested positive for cocaine.
Both boxers agreed to have drug testing for their rematch at the Las Vegas office of Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
In a letter from VADA president Dr. Margaret Goodman sent to representatives for Fury, Klitschko, the British Boxing Board of Control and the United States’ Association of Boxing Commissions on Thursday night, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN.com, she wrote, “This letter is to advise you that the ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 4006253 collected from Tyson Fury on September 22, 2016 in Lancaster, England through his participation in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program has been analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, stimulants and drugs of abuse. The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains benzoylecgonine.
“Mr. Fury has the right to promptly request analysis of the ‘B’ sample at his expense.”
The VADA testing for performance-enhancing drugs is done separately and takes longer, so those results are not yet available.
Fury promoter Mick Hennessy did not respond to requests for comment.
“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.”