Tyson Fury Can Fight Again

Annette Crawford
December 13, 2017

The ban was backdated, meaning the former world heavyweight champion was free to box again.

However, he had to relinquish his titles a year later and had his boxing licence revoked over a failed anti-doping test from February 2015 as well as his admission in September 2016 to using cocaine to deal with depression. Tyson and Hughie Fury's position is that they have never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation.

"Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one and we're now happy that it has finally been settled with UKAD and that we can move forward knowing that we'll not be labelled drug cheats".

The pair strongly denied the nandrolone charge, claiming the positive was a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated.

Both fighters' respective bouts in February 2015, including Tyson's victory over Christian Hammer, have been disqualified but results after that date, including the win over Klitschko, stand.

"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", Fury said after UKAD freed him to continue his fighting career.

He was then forced to postpone a rematch with Klitschko scheduled for summer 2016 because of injury, before he withdrew altogether.

A renewed licence is now in the hands of the BBBofC, whose general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports last month: "It is publicly known that Mr Fury has a number of health issues and we would have to look at that".

After a successful UK Anti-Doping hearing, the first step of Tyson Fury's long journey back to the ring is behind him. "Tyson Fury's boxing licence suspension will be considered by the Stewards of the Board in January".

Rapping along to the tune of "Without Me" by Eminem, Fury posted a video as a "special message" to Hearn, while also blasting the BBBofC.

The 29 year-old had been linked to fighting Bellew after the Liverpool man takes on David Haye for a second time in the spring, although was found guilty of taking Nandrolone and subsequently handed a two-year backdated ban.

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