As most people around the (boxing) world will know, the lineal and undefeated (ex) Heavyweight Champion of the world, Tyson Fury, is currently attending a UKAD hearing for alleged doping offences. Having already lasted a day longer than expected and with rumours that one of the panel members has been asked to leave, it might be high time to look at what has is actually going on here and why Mr. Fury is going through this at all. Well, in short it relates to three things:
- A positive test for Nandrolone back in early 2015
- A positive test for cocaine in 2016
- Refusal to take a test in 2016
You may have noticed that the title of this piece states that Tyson Fury has NOT doped (and by ‘doped’ I mean used performance enhancing drugs) and I will now explain why I believe this to be the case.
Nandrolone. This is the reason why. The two forms of Nandrolone available on the black market are Nandrolone Decanoate (often referred to as deca durabolin) and Nandrolone Phenylpropionate (often referred to at NPP). Both are injectable forms of the drug (an oral version of Nandrolone doesn’t exist) and both have extremely long detection times (decanoate 18 months – 2 years; phenylpropionate 12-14 months. It is these detection times that make it verging on impossible for Tyson Fury to have used either of these to have doped and here’s why:
He tested positive for trace amounts of Nandrolone after his fight against Christian Hammer, which took place on 28th February 2015. Let’s look at his fights before and after this fight:
15th February 2014 vs. Joey Abell
29th November 2014 vs. Dereck Chisora
(28th February 2015 vs. Christian Hammer)
28th November 2015 vs. Wladimir Klitschko
‘Trace amounts‘ of Nandrolone means that almost all of the drug would have have been out of his system on the 28th February 2015, meaning that even if he’d have taken the form of Nandrolone with the shortest detection time (NPP – 12 months) then he would have failed a drug test after the Dereck Chisora fight, because that falls within the 12 month detection time for NPP. Even though there’s a minute possibility that he could have taken NPP one day after the Dereck Chisora fight (meaning that by the time the Klitschko fight rolled around he could be clear) the levels of Nandrolone in his system three months later (when he tested positive after the Christian Hammer fight) would be be more than ‘trace amounts’.
So where does this leave Tyson Fury? I am certain he’ll be found not guilty of using PED’s, but will instead get a hefty fine and a suspended ban for his use of cocaine and his refusal to take the test.