Tyson Fury’s comeback grinds to a halt
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While he’s been keeping his social media followers entertained of late Tyson Fury will likely be disheartened by the latest stumbling block on his daunting road to recovery and a boxing comeback.
— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) 4 May 2017
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Fury’s anti-doping hearing, which began on Monday, was expected to conclude this week but has been postponed until October.
Fury is currently training in Marbella and attempting to lose a dramatic amount of weight to return to fighting fitness. The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ claimed to be 26 stone as his training began.
While Tyson Fury at one point admitted cocaine abuse, which came during a period of depression following a long ring-absence, the former world champion’s UKAD hearing was in regard to a 2015 allegation of steroid use.
A successful hearing is essential for Fury to regain his boxing license and get back into the midst of an increasingly exciting heavyweight division.
Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, made a statement to Boxing News-
“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 [the drug test in question] took place in 2015. It’s disgraceful. You’ve either got a case or you haven’t got a case. I’ve had a test, I’m positive or I’m negative. If I’m positive and I’m just over – this is the reason why. Why does it drag on, from 2015?”
The facts surrounding the steroid allegations are somewhat cloudy and Warren has remained sceptical about UKAD’s approach to the case.
“It should all be based on facts and what I can’t get in my head is they’ve brought this case, why has it dragged on for two years.”
He’s also increasingly concerned about accumulating ‘ring-rust’ and wants to get Fury back in action as soon as possible.
“If it is then [October], then it’s been two and a half years and that’s outrageous. He weren’t banned for the Klitschko fight or for any of their title fights. This is bulls***. And all that crap about contaminated meat. That is a load of rubbish. That was a leak from UKAD. They’re all very well leaking stuff out all the time, and it’s wrong.”
With the heavyweight division hotting up at present, Frank Warren and Fury will be keen to stand themselves in legitimate opposition to Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing set up. As Fury’s struggle to regain his boxing license drags on the pressure will mount and the power balance in the division will change, however Anthony Joshua’s reluctance to declare a next opponent since the Klitschko fight could (admittedly- speculatively) be seen as AJ’s team waiting to set up a British mega-fight between the pair. Watch this space.