Tyson Fury's Drug Ban Lifted

WBO and WBA Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's suspension for a positive drug test back in June has been temporarily lifted, Britain's anti-doping body UKAD said.

In a statement from UKAD, it said Fury and his cousin Hughie, a heavyweight boxer who was also suspended, have had their bans lifted "pending full determination of the charges." The boxers were charged on June 24 over the "presence of a prohibited substance," and mandatory provisional suspensions were imposed.

Fury was set to have a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, the man whom Fury beat for the titles, on July 9 in Manchester England. It was postponed because Fury suffered an ankle injury, which was the same day Fury announced the positive drug test. 

Fury's lawyer said in a statement on August 2 that he was suing UKAD over allegations that performance-enhancing drugs had been used by either fighter.

"The two boxers strenuously deny taking any performance-enhancing drugs," said the lawyer, Lewis Power. "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."

Although Fury has insisted that he has not taken performance enhancing drugs, he has been in favor of allowing them to be taken in sports, publicly stating his support for PEDs last year.

"Why don't they just make drugs totally legal in sports, then everybody would be taking drugs then it would be fully fair then wouldn't it?" Fury said back in November 2015 before his fight against Klitschko.

Tyson Fury is undefeated in 25 fights as a pro with 18 of those wins coming via knockout. Now he and Klitschko will face off on October 29 in Manchester with the WBA (Unified), WBO, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles on the line.

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