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Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury reportedly fails drug test, could be stripped of belts

By SI Wire
September 30, 2016

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury failed a drug test last week, meaning he could be stripped of his titles, reports ESPN.com's Dan Rafael.

According to the report, Fury was notified that he failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association conducted test for cocaine on Sept. 22.

Fury unified the heavyweight crowns by stopping Wladimir Klitschko (64–4, 54 KOs) by unanimous decision on Nov. 28. Fury's victory ended Klitschko's 18-match streak of title defenses, which is third most in heavyweight history.

Last week, Fury pulled out of a scheduled Oct. 29 rematch with Klitschko, with his promoter citing the reason as Fury being "medically unfit." The bout was originally scheduled for July 9, but Fury had to postpone that bout because of an ankle injury.

The WBO had threatened to take its title from Fury due to inactivity if he did not give them an update on his medical condition by Oct. 6.

Fury (25–0, 18 KOs) also faces a Nov. 4 hearing after testing positive for a banned substance this summer. He was provisionally suspended but had the ban lifted by UK Anti-Doping "pending full determination of the charges."

- Scooby Axson

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