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Tyrone Spong's October 2 VADA Test Comes Back Negative


“Just received word from VADA that my 3rd and last urine sample taken on Oct. 2 was NEGATIVE for all prohibited,” Spong stated through social media on Friday.


Because VADA testing comes with a zero-tolerance policy—with the clear disclaimer that athletes ate 100% responsible for what enters their system—the results cost Spong a fight date with 2018 Fighter of the Year and former World cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, with the two originally scheduled to meet this Saturday in Chicago, Illinois.


The unbeaten prospect entered his fight with Ecuador’s Jeyson Minda with an agreement already in place that an injury-free win would secure a showdown with Usyk just six weeks later.


In that regard, it’s similar to what was experienced by Jarrell Miller falling his drug testing folly ahead of his canceled bout with Anthony Joshua.


The opportunity instead went to Andy Ruiz, who made boxing history in becoming the first-ever Mexican to win a heavyweight title following an upset for the ages in stopping Joshua in seven rounds.


Spong is ranked #6 by the Puerto Rico-based sanctioning body but now has to explain the recent test results in justifying why he should maintain his current place in their heavyweight Top 15.






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