London - Tyson Fury could have his boxing licence reinstated when the British
Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) meets next month, a move that would
allow the controversial fighter to make a dramatic return to the ring.
Anti-Doping (UKAD) has cleared the 29-year-old former world heavyweight
champion to return, after an absence of over two years, following his
acceptance of a backdated two-year ban over a positive test for a banned
Fury, who has denied any wrongdoing, has spoken of his
desire to "reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine" but can
only box again with the permission of the BBBofC.
boxing licence suspension will be considered by the stewards of the
board in January," the board said on Wednesday.
Fury, who has not
fought since his shock win against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015
to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion, said he was looking
forward to getting back into the ring.
"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 immediately laid down a challenge to British
compatriot Anthony Joshua, who successfully defended his IBF and WBA
titles against Carlos Takam in October.
Fury tweeted: "@anthonyfjoshua where you at boy? I'm coming for you punk ent no1 blocking my path now!"
The boxer had been charged along with his cousin Hughie, who also failed a test for nandrolone in February 2015.
have strongly denied the nandrolone charges, saying the positive tests
were a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated.
British board in a statement said fellow heavyweight Hughie "has no
outstanding matters with the BBBofC at this time", but general secretary
Robert Smith said they were yet to hear from the Fury camp.
Before he makes any return, Fury will need to appear before the board so that he can be assessed both physically and mentally.
have to be satisfied about Tyson's physical wellbeing, that he is fit
to fight, and that's not just medically, that's physically as well,"
Smith told Britain's Press Association.
"It's well reported he's not in physical condition to return straight away, so he's got a bit of work to do."
Fury also failed a test for cocaine in September 2016 and later
admitted using the recreational drug to deal with depression related to
his injury and UKAD problems.