Tyson Fury free to fight again after Ukad hand former world champion backdated two year ban

James Benge
Fury celebrates victory in 2015: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Tyson Fury has been cleared to resume his boxing career immediately after receiving a two-year ban from boxing that has been backdated to December 2015, UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) has announced.

The former world heavyweight champion was charged in June 2016 with using the banned steroid nandrolone, which both Fury and his cousin Hughie Fury blamed on eating uncastrated wild boar.

Fury, whose last fight saw him defeat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, had fought the charge but has accepted a backdated two-year ban that will free him to resume his boxing career.

A Ukad statement read: “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.”

According to Ukad the British Boxing Board of Control has agreed to the outcome though they will still need to hand Fury a licence to fight.