Fury No-Shows UKAD Hearing
Following several delays holding up his chances to return to the ring, Tyson Fury’s UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) hearing was scheduled to resume on Monday with a verdict expected after the new year. and even though Fury has made claims of wanting to return to the ring, Fury failed to show up. The former heavyweight champion decided to post videos to social media of singing songs as he was driving instead.
Neither Fury or UKAD are making any comments regarding the no-show. Reporters waited at the hearing location for as much as six hours before leaving.
The 29-year-old former heavyweight champion and his cousin and fellow heavyweight fighter Hughie, 23, tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015.
The pair, however, were not charged by UKAD until June 2016, well after the elder Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko. A rematch with the Ukrainian was scheduled for July 2016 but Fury postponed the fight, citing a sprained ankle, on the same day the UKAD charge was announced.
Both Hughie and Tyson Fury have strongly denied the nandrolone charge, claiming the positive was a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated – a defense similar to the one used by cycling star Alberto Contador when he tested positive for a steroid during the 2010 Tour de France.
Tyson Fury has run in to several other issues, including testing positive for cocaine in September 2016 and later admitted using the recreational drug to deal with depression related to his injury and UKAD problems.
Having already postponed another Klitschko rematch date and facing the prospect of having his titles stripped from him, Fury relinquished his belts on October 12th 2016. A day later, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) suspended his license to fight, and has been in limbo ever since.
Fury has been in stop-start training for several months, and has had similar success with his hearings with the BBBoC and UKAD, including an anti-doping tribunal halted in August after just one day because of a lawyer’s conflict of interest.