Tyrone Spong denies using doping
Tyrone Spong (14-0, 13 KO) lost his big opportunity to face one of the best P4P boxers Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KO) when he tested positive. Of course, the boxer denies any wrong acts on his part.
The former kickboxing star tested positive for clomiphene, the substance that was found in Jon Jones’s and Brock Lesnar’s bodies after the UFC 200 back in 2016. The Illinois athletic commission decided not to give license to Spong and pull him out of the fight. And Spong is not happy about that.
“This is a set up. I vehemently deny that I have ever taken the substance named in VADA’s report. I have asked for testing of the B sample at a laboratory of my choosing. Testing performed last week at the request of the Illinois Boxing Commission showed, what I’ve always known, that I’m a clean fighter.”
“I ask [Usyk’s promoter] Matchroom to publicly acknowledge that I tested negative for all performance enhancing substances just a few days ago. Any adverse finding is impossible and in my opinion a manipulative attempt to remove me from this fight,” Spong stated.
Spong’s manager Marcos Gonzales also expressed his bewilderment because Spong tested negative from other tests.
Disqualified Spong was replaced by lesser-known American vet Chazz Witherspoon to fight Usyk this weekend in Chicago.
Clomiphene is usually used by pregnant women and athletes that recover from taking steroids.