Heavyweight, Tyson Fury, has been cleared to resume his boxing career, if able to regain his boxing licence, according to the UK Anti-Doping Agency.
Fury accepted a backdated two year ban from the UKAD, and the ban ended on the 12th December, allowing the former Heavyweight champion to step back into the ring, as long as his licence is renewed. The charges were also upon his cousin, Hughie Fury, who has also been cleared.
In 2016, Fury was charged for testing positive of a prohibited drug, Nandrolone, but the drug is known to be a natural production from the body, so the UKAD had to clarify whether it was artificial or not. Fury was to have a test in September, but he missed it, but has now been settled as part of Tuesday’s hearing. The UKAD released a statement in regards to the matter.
“UKAD, Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury have agreed to resolve the proceedings brought by UKAD (1) against Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury based on the reported presence of elevated levels of nandrolone metabolites in urine samples that they provided after their respective fights in February 2015; and (2) against Tyson Fury based on his alleged failure to provide a sample in September 2016.
“UKAD’s position is that the anti-doping rule violations it has asserted have been committed and the consequences set out in the UK Anti-Doping Rules should apply. Tyson and Hughie Fury’s position is that they have never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation. In recognition of the respective counter-arguments and the risks inherent in the dispute resolution process, each side has accepted a compromise of its position.
“Taking into account the delays in results management that meant charges were not brought in respect of the nandrolone findings until June 2016, and the provisional suspensions that Tyson and Hughie Fury have already effectively served, the two year period of ineligibility is backdated to 13 December 2015, and therefore expires at midnight on 12 December 2017.
“The British Boxing Board of Control has also agreed to the resolution of these proceedings on this basis.”
Tyson Fury made a statement after the hearing, happy to be cleared of all charges.
“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. I can now put the nightmare of the last two years behind me.”
Fury has already gone on to Twitter and sent a message to Anthony Joshua, stating he is coming after the champ.
@anthonyfjoshua where you at boy? I'm coming for you punk ent no1 blocking my path now!??
— TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) December 12, 2017
Fury hasn’t fought for 16 months and for him to just jump in and take on Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker would be foolish. Fury will need to rid of the ring rust, step into the ring against someone like David Price and take the steps to the title again.