According to report in his native Denmark, Dennis Ceylan has tested positive for and admitted cocaine use.
The 28 year-old is due to fight Kid Galahad in London next month on the Chris Eubank Jr. v Arthur Abraham bill and was tested out of competition following his European title defence against Isaac Lowe last March.
A quick check of the European Boxing Union title situation shows Ceylan’s old belt is now vacant as the Dane notified last week of his desire to leave the championship behind.
The Sauerland promoted boxer is now pushing through with a possible world title run, but will certainly be strutinised for what is a shock admission to the Danish press.
Ceylan’s Galahad bout falls under a cloud, although confirmation is yet to released by either promoter as to whether the contest is a cancellation consideration.
In a statement on his drug taking, Ceylan told bt.dk: “It was a mistake and a moment of weakness, I am deeply sorry. This was the first and only time in my life I have taken drugs and I promise it will be the last.
“From a young age and throughout my life I have experienced first-hand the devastating effects that drugs can have on people’s lives. I lost my mother to drugs and have seen many of my friends and family follow a similar path.”
As the test failure was not in the run up to a fight, the Danish Boxing Federation are not said to planning a ban for Ceylan, who is still focusing on Galahad until told otherwise.
A fringe version of the IBF featherweight crown was due to be on the line, meaning repercussions could follow from the IBF at some point soon.
More to come as WBN continue to follow the story.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay