‘DIS­GRACE­FUL’ WAIT

For­mer cham­pion Fury has to sit tight un­til Oc­to­ber to fight again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BRI­TAIN’S trou­bled for­mer heavy­weight world cham­pion Tyson Fury could have to wait un­til at least Oc­to­ber to re­gain his li­cence, his pro­moter Frank War­ren said on Wed­nes­day.

The 28-year-old, who has not fought since beat­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavy­weight ti­tles in Novem­ber 2015, has to wait un­til a UKAD (UK anti-dop­ing) in­quiry has con­cluded.

Fury and cousin and fel­low heavy­weight Hughie Fury tested pos­i­tive for the banned steroid nan­drolone in 2015.

The in­quiry was halted last week by UKAD re­port­edly be­cause of a po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est in­volv­ing a mem­ber of its panel.

If they find against Fury — both deny the al­le­ga­tions — he could face a far longer ab­sence from the ring.

“(If it drags on with UKAD then the hear­ing) won’t be heard un­til Oc­to­ber,” said War­ren.

“It’s a lib­erty. There’s go­ing to be a scream about that.

“That can’t be right. The man’s got a liv­ing to get and this thing took place in 2015.

“It’s dis­grace­ful. You’ve ei­ther got a case or you haven’t got a case.”

War­ren, 62, said if UKAD speeded up the process and found Fury had not taken the steroid then he could be back in the ring by July — with his ul­ti­mate goal a ti­tle fight with com­pa­triot An­thony Joshua, who beat Kl­itschko in an epic bout last month.

War­ren said Fury was train­ing hard to­wards a pos­si­ble re­turn on July 8 in Lon­don.

Fury beat Kl­itschko on points in a world ti­tle fight in Novem­ber 2015 and once held both the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) and World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) belts now held by Joshua.

But he hasn’t boxed since, with men­tal health prob­lems forc­ing him to re­lin­quish his ti­tles, while his li­cence to box was sub­se­quently sus­pended by the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol. AFP

An­thony Joshua beat Wladimir Kl­itschko in an epic heavy­weight ti­tle bout in Lon­don last month.

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