Former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has declared that he will return to the ring in July, despite currently lacking a boxing license.
Tyson Fury has declared that he will be making a return to the ring on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunder’s WBO middleweight title defence at the Copper box in July.
In a series of recent tweets the former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion has detailed his intention to box using an Irish board of control license, stating that he is done with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) after his license was revoked due to a failed drug test.
“I will be boxing on a BUI boxing Licence from now on, want nothing more to do with BBOC, all they do is fine me anyways, boom”
The Irish Boxing Board, however, have stated that Fury will not be receiving a license from them until the issues surrounding his license being revoked by the BBBofC has been resolved. Namely his mental health issues and his two failed drugs tests.
An upcoming hearing with UK anti-doping should shed more light on what kind of punishment Fury will face although he is seemingly confident of avoiding a ban.
Fury has been alleged to have tested positive for both cocaine (ESPN) and separately the steroid Nandrolone, the latter of which is what his hearing with UKAD is concerned with. His cousin Hughie Fury also tested positive for Nandrolone, and the resultant fall out saw Team Fury sue UKAD.
Fury’s lawyer Lewis Power issued a statement regarding the leaked test results at the time:
“The two boxers strenuously deny taking any performance-enhancing drugs. However, during the last five weeks, leaks about these charges have appeared in the press and both boxers have been the targets of continual abusive language on Twitter”
Fury’s legal team further claimed that the test results had been contradictory. Presumably that the A sample of each fighter had tested positive and the B samples had come back clean.
Despite these issues, Fury has been vocal about making his comeback to dethrone Anthony Joshua after he was challenged following Joshua’s 11th round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko.
He has even gone so far as declaring that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has booked Wembley Stadium for a showdown next year between the two undefeated heavyweights. Hearn meanwhile has said that any potential fight between Joshua and Fury is “still miles away” likely in light of Fury’s out of ring issues.
With this in mind, Fury has recently been tweeting pictures of himself training in Marbella with Saunders and says that he will soon be back in fighting shape.
Saunders, talking to talkSPORT earlier this week said: “Training is going absolutely brilliant, he's looking faster and sharper than ever. He's lost 22 pounds in a week. Everything is looking good for him.”
Should Fury regain his license and get past his hearing with UKAD, the stage would be set for an eventual fight with Joshua. Fury’s extended absence from the ring will mean at least one if not two tune up fights will likely take place before any pay per view appearances.