Tyson Fury is now in the clear to resume his boxing career.
The tumultuous saga that is Fury's drug problems and the suspension handed down to him by the UKAD appears to be over after an announcement made that he and his cousin Hughie have been handed two-year suspensions that dates back to 2015. This means both men have served their respective suspension and are now cleared to continue boxing.
The UKAD released a statement regarding the matter, saying both Tyson and Hughie have accepted the organization's decision.
“Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury have agreed to resolve the proceedings by UKAD against Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury based on the reported presence of elevated levels on nandrolone metabolites in urine samples that they provided after their respective fights in February 2015; and against Tyson Fury on his alleged failure to provide a sample in September 2016.
UKAD’s position is that the anti-doping rule violations it has asserted have been committed and the consequences set out in the UK Anti-Doping rules should apply.
Tyson and Hughie Fury’s position is that they have never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation. 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.”
Tyson had been failing drug tests in 2015 and 2016 for various substances, putting his boxing career in jeopardy. Tyson ended Wladimir Klitschko's decade-long reign as the unified world heavyweight champion in 2015, but hasn't fought since then. Due to the suspension, the always-unpredictable Fury announced his retirement from the sport twice but in both cases, Tyson said he will fight again, goading current unified champion Anthony Joshua into fighting him.
Hughie challenged for the WBO heavyweight title earlier this year, but lost via majority decision.
There's still no timetable for when either Fury will box again. In Tyson's case, he would still need to get a boxing license approved by the British Boxing Board of Control before he could start fighting again. According to BBBofC's Robert Smith, Tyson is still suspended from their end, but will take the UKAD's ruling into consideration in regards to what will be the next step in possibly reinstating him. Tyson recently signed with MTK Global on a promotional contract.