Tyson Fury free to resume boxing career after accepting backdated ban

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Tyson Fury is free to resume his career, subject to regaining his boxing licence, after accepting a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping.

The ban ends on 12 December and so Fury, and his cousin Hughie Fury, are able to fight again if they receive a renewed licence.

Fury was charged with testing positive for a prohibited substance in June 2016 but claimed that was a result of eating a wild boar.

The unbeaten 29-year-old has not fought since ending Wladimir Klitschko’s reign as world heavyweight champion two years ago.

A renewed licence is now in the hands of the BBBofC, whose general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports last month: “It is publicly known that Mr Fury has a number of health issues and we would have to look at that.”

Anthony Joshua
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Anthony Joshua has been touted as an opponent for Fury

Fury has already shed three stone of weight, according to Ricky Hatton who welcomed the heavyweight into his gym recently, and he is eyeing prospective opponents for his comeback.

Fury sent a warning to Anthony Joshua via Twitter within moments of UKAD’s ruling on Tuesday about a potential collision that promoter Eddie Hearn has labelled “the biggest fight British boxing history has ever seen”.

Hearn said: “That is a fight that can be built into something huge.

“Two completely different characters, two completely different styles, two undefeated heavyweights, two unified champions. An incredible match up.”

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