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Tyrone Spong fails drug test, fight vs. Oleksandr Usyk called off

Spong tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene
09:25, 8 October 2019

Oleksandr Usyk before the fight with Tony Bellew, November 2018
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Former kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong tested positive for a banned substance, leaving 2012 Olympic champion and former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk in search of a new opponent, ESPN reports.

Usyk was supposed to make his heavyweight debut against Tyrone Spong, a former kickboxing star,  in a scheduled 12-round fight on October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The fight was supposed to be broadcasted by DAZN. Now Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is on the hunt for a new opponent after Spong tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene. The results of Spong's test came to light on Monday night.

"My thought is it's bad because people are trying to use a shortcut and cheat and the other side of the fight is working so hard. It's completely disrespectful," Egis Klimas, Usyk's manager, told ESPN. "Usyk wasn't very happy when he found out, of course. He prepared hard for this fight and the other side is trying to cheat and take a shortcut".

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Clomiphene is used as a fertility drug in women who do not ovulate, but it also can be used to increase testosterone levels in men.

"We have been contacted by VADA to inform us that there has been an adverse finding in Tyrone Spong's test," Hearn said. "It has been sent to the State of Illinois commission and further information will be released [on Tuesday] morning. We have reserve opponents standing by."

Hearn did not want to disclose any of the possible replacement opponents because he was still negotiating with them, but he told ESPN he is in talks with "three or four" fighters.

Klimas said whomever Hearn can line up, Usyk will fight. "He's been preparing for a long time. We will fight anyone who is willing to fight," Klimas said.

As we reported earlier, on October 7, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk, accompanied by his team, arrived in Chicago.

Related: Usyk and Spong to meet on October 12

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