Following UKAD Decision British Boxing Board Release Statement On Fury

Posted December 14, 2017

A date in January has not yet been finalised for the meeting, which will determine if the 29-year-old can make an immediate return to the ring in the wake of UK Anti-Doping's announcement on Tuesday that he had completed a backdated two-year ban for a doping violation.

"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 afterwards.

Fury is thought to be considering a comeback fight against the likes of David Price or Shannon Briggs for his first fight back by what then will be almost two and a half years.

Fury immediately laid down a challenge to British compatriot Anthony Joshua, who successfully defended his IBF and WBA titles against Carlos Takam in October. Crucially, Fury's standout victory that ended Wladimir Klitschko's world heavyweight title reign in November 2015 will not be affected because "no adverse" findings were discovered in any of his seven drug tests after February 2015, according to UKAD.

He had been charged along with his cousin Hughie, who also failed a test for nandrolone in February 2015.

"Next year I will be back doing what I do best, better than ever and ready to reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine", Fury said. "I'm coming for you".

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Two months ago, with his UKAD hearing still indefinitely postponed, Fury had threatened not to reapply for a British Boxing Board of Control licence "after the way they have handled things".

Fury and his cousin Hughie both tested for nandrolone, a banned steroid, in December 2015 but they have always denied taking it and blamed the rogue result on eating a wild boar which had not been castrated.

Last month, Joshua's Promoter Eddie Hearn, said there was "absolutely no question" Joshua would face Wilder in a unification bout in 2018.

Tyson Fury will have to wait until January to discover his boxing future.

As part of the compromise deal, UKAD withdrew a charge against Tyson Fury of failure to provide a sample in September 2016.

In a statement Tyson Fury said he and Hughie were "happy" the issue had been settled and that they can "move forward knowing they will not be labelled drug cheats".