World heavy­weight cham­pion Tyson Fury could lose li­cence

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

World heavy­weight cham­pion Tyson Fury could lose his li­cence af­ter he re­vealed he was tak­ing co­caine to help him deal with de­pres­sion. The Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol (BBBofC) is meet­ing on 12 Oc­to­ber, when it will look at Fury’s ad­mis­sion.

BBBofC gen­eral sec­re­tary Robert Smith said co­caine use is against the law and “will be dealt with ac­cord­ingly”.

IBF world cham­pion An­thony Joshua backed Fury to re­turn to the ring while Tony Bellew said Fury “needs help”.

Fury, 28, claimed he had re­tired on Mon­day be­fore re­tract­ing the com­ment three hours later.

The BBBofC meet­ing has not been called ex­clu­sively for Fury’s case, but Smith said the body “can’t ig­nore the law of the land”.

BBC Sport has con­tacted the WBO and WBA - the two or­gan­i­sa­tions with which Fury holds heavy­weight ti­tles - but is yet to re­ceive a re­sponse.

The WBO and WBA can strip Fury of the ti­tle, de­clare the ti­tles va­cant, or he can va­cate them.

Smith said: “We deal with the li­cence, so in the­ory, if we were to sus­pend him they would have no choice but to strip him be­cause he can’t de­fend them, can he?

“You can’t just take a man’s li­cence away with­out tak­ing the proper pro­ce­dures, if we de­cide that’s the right thing to do.”

The BBBofC stripped Ricky Hat­ton of his li­cence af­ter drug use al­le­ga­tions in 2010.

The for­mer two-weight world cham­pion has re­port­edly sent a text to Fury “ask­ing him to give me a ring if he needs me”.

IBF would strip the li­cence

Fury - un­de­feated in 25 pro­fes­sional fights - has not fought since Novem­ber 2015 when he in­flicted a first de­feat on Wladimir Kl­itschko in more than 11 years, win­ning the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

He was stripped of the IBF belt within two weeks as he could not face manda­tory chal­lenger Vy­ach­eslav Glazkov.

A re­match with Kl­itschko for the WBA and WBO ti­tles has twice been post­poned.

Bri­tish fighter Joshua now holds the IBF ti­tle, but the body’s pres­i­dent Daryl Peo­ples said the BBBofC should strip Fury of his li­cence “so he could fo­cus on get­ting him­self bet­ter”.

“I would try to con­vince Tyson and his camp that he needs to con­cern him­self with big­ger things than box­ing,” Peo­ples told BBC World Ser­vice Sport.

‘I am sure we will see Fury back’ - Joshua

Joshua has been tar­geted in some of Fury’s so­cial me­dia out­bursts in the past and says he is “sure” his fel­low Bri­ton will re­turn to the ring.

“Tyson is a fight­ing man, a real tal­ent and he is good for box­ing in his own way,” said Joshua. “It’s too easy to point the fin­ger be­cause none of us re­ally know what he is go­ing through.”

WBC cruis­er­weight cham­pion Bellew said: “I know Tyson Fury the man and he’s not well. He needs help.

“The last thing we need and his fam­ily needs is a fa­tal­ity on their hands. I’m telling you now he’s ca­pa­ble of that him­self. I don’t cast him any­where near in the same net that I would cast a vile, dis­gust­ing steroid cheat, be­cause they are go­ing into the ring with an ad­van­tage.”

Joe Gal­lagher, box­ing coach to fight­ers such as An­thony Crolla, Scott Quigg and Liam Smith, said the BBBofC should not take Fury’s li­cence away.

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