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Tyson and Hughie Fury sue UK Anti-Doping over nandrolone charges

The positive tests originally came in February of 2015.

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The lawsuits continue to pile up in heavyweight boxing as lots-of-sanctioning-bodies champion Tyson Fury and cousin Hughie have filed suit against UKAD, claiming that the anti-doping agency had promised not to charge them for failed drug tests.

This seems absurd on the surface and their representative’s claim that the cousins suffered "damages" such as "continual abusive language on Twitter" doesn’t do a lot to change that notion, but they might have some merit. Reportedly, just one test sample from each boxer showed traces of nandrolone, a banned anabolic steroid, while others taken at or around the same time came up negative.

Further, there was an odd delay by the UKAD before they brought charges; the positive tests came in February of 2015, nine months before Tyson’s fight with Wladimir Klitschko, while reports of the results only hit the public this past June.

It’s a bizarre situation overall, one weird enough to temper my usual dismissive response to legally-challenged drug test failures. I’m interested to see what, if any comes of this.

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