'Guess who's back?' - Tyson Fury
LONDON, England (AP):
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban yesterday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing licence.
Fury and his cousin, Hughie, had elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples provided after fights in February 2015, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said. The bans were backdated to December 13, 2015, and expired at midnight yesterday.
Both boxers said they "never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation". They said they were willing to come to a compromise agreement with UKAD.
"Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one," Tyson Fury said in a statement released by his promoter, "and we're now happy that it has finally been settled with UKAD, and that we can move forward knowing that we'll not be labelled drug cheats.
"I can now put the nightmare of the last two years behind me."
Tyson Fury will need to reapply for his boxing licence, which was suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control last year over separate incidents of drug use and medical issues. He has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.