Fury Could Have License By January
Following the UK Anti-Doping board giving him a two year backdated suspension, Tyson Fury could have his boxing license reinstated when the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) meets next month.
Fury, who has denied any wrongdoing, has spoken of his desire to “reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine”, but can only box again with the permission of the BBBofC.
“Tyson Fury’s boxing licence suspension will be considered by the stewards of the board in January,” the board said on Wednesday.
Fury, who has not fought since his defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, said he was looking forward to getting back into the ring.
“I’m a fighting man through and through and I’ve never backed down from anyone in my life, and I was certainly not going to back down from fighting this dispute,” he said.
Fury immediately laid down a challenge to British compatriot Anthony Joshua, who successfully defended his IBF, IBO and WBA titles against Carlos Takam in October.
Fury along with his cousin Hughie were charged for falling a test for nandrolone in February 2015.
Both have strongly denied the nandrolone charges, saying the positive tests were a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated.
The British board in a statement said Hughie “has no outstanding matters with the BBBofC at this time”, but general secretary Robert Smith said they were yet to hear from the Fury camp.
Before he makes any return, Fury will need to appear before the board so that he can be assessed both physically and mentally.
“We have to be satisfied about Tyson’s physical well being, that he is fit to fight, and that’s not just medically, that’s physically as well,” Smith told Britain’s Press Association.”
“It’s well reported he’s not in physical condition to return straight away, so he’s got a bit of work to do.”
Tyson Fury also failed a test for cocaine in September 2016, and later admitted using the recreational drug to deal with depression related to his injury and UKAD problems.