Fury Must Set Date To Battle Doping Ban
Tyson Fury has been told to book a date for a hearing to overturn his doping ban and restart his boxing career.
Fury had attended hearings with the UK Anti-Doping earlier this year after a doping ban, but the hearing was adjourned in July.
And after further rumblings that the fighter is keen to get back in the ring, the British Board of Control urged Fury’s team to get in contact to propose a date so his UKAD hearings can resume.
Speaking to Sky Sports, BBBofC chairman Robert Smith said: “It’s quite simple, Fury’s legal team need to agree a date.
“At the present time, as I am standing here now, it hasn’t been agreed.
“We are ready to go. UKAD do all our anti-doping for us, they have an independent panel that is dealing with the case and we are trying to get a date finalized. But we are unable to do so because they [Fury’s legal team] haven’t confirmed one.”
Fury appeared to get the wrong impression and thanked the BBBofC for giving him ‘the green light to box in 2018’.
Smith added: “At present time, he has a few things going on, so he needs those things resolved. Once they’re resolved and he is a position to do so, we want to make sure he’s healthy.”
Either WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder appear the most likely next opponents, but Hearn has not ruled out the prospect of a headline-grabbing bout with Fury.
“I think the Wilder fight is potentially one of the biggest in world boxing and I think that fight is realistically going to happen in the summer of 2018.”
“But Tyson Fury is a guy who we’d love to see come into the sport. Whether that’ll happen or not is another issue.
“The problem for him is to overcome the governing body and UK Anti-Doping.”
“I think he will come back. I think at some point he will wake up one morning and think, ‘I’ve got to get myself together here’ and go challenge in these big fights.
“If he does, with one or two fights, then I’d love to see the Anthony Joshua fight and I’d like to see it in 2018.”