London - Britain's controversial former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury
is free to resume his boxing career after a compromise on his positive
test for a banned steroid was found with UK Anti-Doping, it was
announced on Tuesday.
Fury has been cleared to fight again
immediately, subject to receiving a licence, after getting a two-year
ban which has been backdated to December 2015.
"In recognition of
the respective counter-arguments and the risks inherent in the dispute
resolution process, each side has accepted a compromise of its
position," a statement released by UKAD read.
The 29-year-old has
not fought since his shock defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA,
WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in November 2015.
Fury tweeted: "Guess who's back? #returnofthemac".
and his cousin and fellow heavyweight fighter Hughie, 23, tested
positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015.
The pair, however, were not charged by UKAD until June 2016, by which time Tyson Fury had beaten Klitschko.
months later, the British Boxing Board of Control suspended his licence
after he had given up his world titles to focus on recovering from
mental health problems.
Both Hughie and Tyson Fury have strongly
denied the nandrolone charge, claiming the positive test was a result of
eating wild boar that had not been castrated.
The Fury case has
been complicated by several other factors, though, as Tyson Fury failed a
test for cocaine in September 2016 and later admitted using the
recreational drug to help deal with depression related to his injury and
"The anti-doping rule violations based on the
reported presence of elevated levels of nandrolone metabolites are
upheld, the refusal charge is withdrawn, Hughie and Tyson Fury each
receive a two-year period of ineligibility," the UKAD statement
"The two-year period of ineligibility is backdated to 13 December 2015, and therefore expires at midnight on 12 December 2017."
added that the two fighters' results from February 2015 had been
disqualified, but that later results, including Fury's victory over
Klitschko, would still stand.
IBF and WBA champion Anthony
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said in October he wants to see his
fighter take on Fury in an all-British showdown next year.
Fury tweeted on Tuesday: "@anthonyfjoshua where you at boy? I'm coming for you punk ent no1 blocking my path now!"