Friday 20 September 2019

Tyson Fury's anti-doping hearing set to resume in December ahead of potential 2018 ring return

Tyson Fury rants at a member of the British Boxing Board of Control after the WBO World Heavyweight Title fight between Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury at Manchester Arena on September 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury rants at a member of the British Boxing Board of Control after the WBO World Heavyweight Title fight between Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury at Manchester Arena on September 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Tyson Fury is set to have his anti-doping hearing resume in December as he steps up training towards an in-ring return next year.

The former world heavyweight champion was last in the ring when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Germany two years ago and has since dropped the titles, had his license revoked and been charged with the “presence of a prohibited substance” in June 2016.

The anti-doping case was paused but is now expected to resume next month, with the 29-year-old looking to make his return in May next year.

“December, that’s true,” British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports.

“The reason why this has taken so long, so I have been led to believe, is because Mr Fury's legal team could not agree a date for the recommencement of the hearing. They obviously now have, and the hearing will recommence.”

However, the BBBofC refused to guarantee Fury’s boxing license will be granted again even if he is not found guilty by Ukad.

Smith added: “It is publicly known that Mr. Fury has a number of health issues and we would have to look at that.”

Fury has posted footage of himself back in the gym and has called out a number of heavyweights, including Tony Bellew, after his fight with David Haye was postponed, as he looks to fight Anthony Joshua further down the line, something that promoter Eddie Hearn hopes will happen sooner rather than later.

“We would like to help him clear up his stuff with Ukad and start building a schedule that will lead to Joshua,” Hearn said earlier this month.

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