BOXING: Tyson Fury fears hearing could be put back until end of year

Former heavyweight World champion Tyson Fury
Former heavyweight World champion Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury and Frank Warren fear the heavyweight’s comeback could be delayed until at least the end of the year after the postponement of his hearing with UK Anti-Doping.

UKAD charged Tyson and his cousin Hughie Fury with the “presence of a prohibited substance” on 24 June 2016, 16 months after traces of the banned substance nandrolone had reportedly been found in a urine sample he gave in February 2015. Each deny any wrongdoing.

The hearing surrounding the two heavyweights began last Monday, but was halted on Wednesday owing to UKAD’s concerns surrounding a potential conflict of interest on its panel.

Warren has revealed that if it is rescheduled instead of dismissed, as they still hope, it will not take place until October. They are therefore concerned that that would not only threaten his planned comeback on July 8, but keep him inactive for another six months in what should be the peak years of his career.

“(If it drags on with UKAD then the hearing) won’t be heard until October,” said Warren. “It’s a liberty.

“There’s going to be a scream about that; that can’t be right. The man’s got a living to get and this thing took place in 2015. It’s disgraceful. You’ve either got a case or you haven’t got a case.

“’I’ve had a test, I’m positive or I’m negative.

“If I’m positive and I’m just over, this is the reason why’. Why does it drag on, from 2015?

“I don’t know when the (British Boxing Board of Control) will come in. You’ve got to ask them that.

“They thought this was all settled in 2015.”