In a report on Saturday night, The Mirror printed the following: ‘The world heavyweight champ is being probed by officials after traces of a banned anabolic steroid were allegedly discovered in a sample taken last year.’ Along with: ‘His cousin Hughie, a fellow heavyweight boxer, also allegedly tested positive for the substance.’
The British Boxing Board of Control are said to be aware of the news, which could cost Fury the WBO, WBA and IBO belts he took from ex-champion Wladimir Kitschko in Dusseldorf last November.
The Mirror also state that the Fury’s have already moved to deny any wrongdoing – just days after Tyson was forced to postpone a rematch and first defence against Klitschko – scheduled for July 9 in Manchester.
A badly sprained ankle means the Klitschko fight has been put back until October at the earliest, although may now never go ahead if Fury is found guilty and stripped of his position as the top division number one.
Fury has always been a staunch advocate of clean sport and faces his reputation being tarnished if the claims are substantiated.