Eddie Hearn, a co-promoter of the former absolute world champion in the first heavyweight Alexander Usyk, informed that Tyrone Spong, who was supposed to be the next opponent for the Ukrainian, had failed the doping test.
According to Hearn, they contacted VADA and got to know that the results of Spong’s drug tests were bad. Therefore, the fighter’s lab report will be sent to the Illinois State Athletic Commission.
Usyk's manager Egis Klimas also shared his opinion. He said it is not good that some fighters are not fair and use performance-enhancing drugs while their opponents work hard to win. According to him, Usyk was preparing very intensively and was not happy to find out Spong had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.
As for the Dutch fighter, he claims that he has not taken banned substances. According to Spong, his B sample was checked in the laboratory of his choice and the results showed that he had not taken drugs. Spong claims he will not calm down until the charges are dropped.
The fight Usyk vs. Spong was scheduled for October 12. Almost all tickets for the event have already been sold out.
As mentioned earlier, Golovkin defeated Derevyanchenko and won the IBF and IBO middleweight championship belts.