Fury’s re­turn on hold af­ter hear­ing is post­poned

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: Tyson Fury’s bid to re­turn to the ring is on hold af­ter a UK-Anti Dop­ing hear­ing in­volv­ing the for­mer world heavy­weight cham­pion was post­poned.

Fury had been hop­ing to make his come­back with a bout in July, but the con­tro­ver­sial Bri­tish fighter is still waiting for a fi­nal rul­ing from UKAD af­ter the hear­ing into a sus­pended drugs ban started on Mon­day.

UKAD is re­ported to have asked for the post­pone­ment be­cause of a po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est in­volv­ing a mem­ber of its panel, and has there­fore cho­sen to re­visit the hear­ing at a later date.

The hear­ing, which was ex­pected to con­clude this week, was due to rule on al­le­ga­tions Fury and his cousin and fel­low heavy­weight Hughie Fury tested pos­i­tively for nan­drolone in 2015.

Both fight­ers deny us­ing the banned an­abolic steroid, and it is also un­der­stood they had no plans to use the con­sump­tion of con­tam­i­nated meat as their de­fence, as had been re­ported.

Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol gen­eral sec­re­tary Robert Smith told Sky Sports: “It’s been ad­journed to carry on later on.

“This is one of those le­gal cases where any­thing le­gal goes a long time. I’m not sur­prised, it’s not un­usual, it’s ob­vi­ously a com­plex case. I will ex­pect a de­ci­sion when I’m given it.”

Tyson Fury has not fought since beat­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavy­weight ti­tles in Novem­ber 2015.

He faces the prospect of waiting for the hear­ing to fi­nally be con­cluded, then for UKAD’s de­ci­sion and any po­ten­tial pun­ish­ment he may re­ceive, be­fore at­tempt­ing to re­cover his box­ing li­cence.

“It re­flects badly on UKAD; it’s taken all this time to get there and in the mean­time there’s no out­come,” pro­moter Frank Warren said.

“This is crazy. It’s peo­ple’s lives on hold, and it’s wrong.” AFP

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