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Tyson Fury embroiled in doping investigation

Tyson Fury allegedly tested positive for unacceptable amounts of nandrolone before winning the heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It's being reported by the Sunday Mirror that heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury is caught up in a doping investigation after traces of a banned substance were allegedly found in a sample taken from last year (before he won the world title against Wladimir Klitschko). The samples in question are said to have been between February and March of last year.

In response to the story, a statement from Fury's promoter Hennessy Sports via ESPN reads:

"We are baffled by today's story in the Sunday Mirror.

"Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. He looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October."

Specifically, Fury is said to have tested positive for unacceptable levels of nandrolon, but why this story is just breaking now is unclear.

Furthermore, Tyson's cousin Hughie Fury has also allegedly tested positive for the banned substance. The story states that both Tyson and Hughie attended a meeting last September where they were told that the steroid levels found in their samples were larger than would be produced naturally, with officials stating that they wanted to investigate further.

Tyson and Hughie are now expected to be brought in before an independent panel to explain the positive tests, with the British Boxing Board of Control awaiting the outcome of the inquiry before deciding how they will react to the situation. Both Tyson and Hughie Fury firmly deny any wrongdoing.

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