Saturday, October 01, 2016

Tyson Fury blasted as "most unworthy heavyweight champion in history" by Wladimir Klitschko's manager

Bernd Bonte has hit out at Fury, who could lose one or more of his world heavyweight titles after testing positive for cocaine.

Tyson Fury has been blasted as "the most unworthy heavyweight champion in history" by Bernd Bönte, the manager of Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko has twice been frustrated in his attempts to win back the titles he lost to Fury last November, having seen two rematch attempts come unstuck. Fury pulled out of his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on September 23, after being "medically unfit", having previously withdrawn from the original July 9 date with an ankle injury.

But Fury has tested positive for cocaine, following a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) conducted test on September 22.

Bernd Bönte, Klitschko’s manager, responded to the cocaine claim by declaring: “I think Fury is probably the most unworthy heavyweight champion in history, not only because of this situation but because of the whole package of his sexist comments, his antisemitic comments and his homophobic comments that have been [well documented].”

"Hopefully, the organizations will move quickly because Wladimir wants to fight for a title before the end of the year. "He has already been in the longest layoff of his career because of Fury, and he is keen on fighting again for a title by the end of the year."

And Bonte also declared his regret that VADA were not in charge of testing before the first fight last year. "If this is true about his positive drug test, it's too bad we did not do VADA testing before the first fight," Bonte told ESPN.

"We are not surprised because this is how Fury acted the whole time and now we probably have another indication why he didn't show up at the press conference in London, where he claimed a car problem.

"It also shows the ongoing situation [with the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Association] under a different light

World heavyweight champion Fury was being probed by officials after traces of a banned anabolic steroid were allegedly discovered in a sample taken last year. Experts are understood to have found unacceptable levels of nandrolone in a sample taken before he won the world title from Klitschko .

Test samples understood to have been taken between February and March last year, ahead of Fury’s first bout with the former champ, sparked the probe by UK Anti-Doping officials.

Fury denied those and is contesting the charges, but the fresh batch of allegations could see him stripped of his world titles - although he is unlikely to be banned as cocaine is not prohibited when it is taken out of competition under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

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