Freelance: Fury to Return to Boxing Following Cocaine Suspension
According to BoxingNews24.com as of this morning (June 11) Peter Fury, uncle and trainer to “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury (25-0-0 with 18 victories by way of knockout,) will once again compete. Although, the date of his return has yet to be determined. The Manchester, England-born heavyweight has not had a bout since topping Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitscko (64-5-0) by unanimous decision in late November of 2015.
The two were set to go at it one more time in a rematch booked to be in Manchester, but the bout was postponed after Fury suffered an ankle injury. The bout was officially called off on Friday, June 24, 2016. That same day it was revealed that both Tyson and cousin Hughie Fury were charged by UK Anti-Doping "with presence of a prohibited substance" from a sample collected in February of 2015.
Both men denied any wrongdoing, however, it was originally reported by ESPN that Tyson had failed the drug test due to cocaine, which he blamed on issues with depression. The failed test forced him to withdraw from the planned contest for a second time. Fury also admitted to simultaneous abuse of alcohol.
Fury officially vacated his WBA (Unified), WBO, and IBO heavyweight championship belts on October 12, 2016, saying at the time:
“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko.
I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I'm unable to defend at this time, and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”
Due to the failed drug test, Fury is also without a boxing license in addition to his suspension still being in tact at this present point in time. Peter Fury had initially said last December that his nephew would return in the spring of this year and the camp was eyeing a title bout with WBC heavyweight (200+-pound) champion, Dante “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder.
“Too Fast” (another Tyson Fury moniker) had wanted to fight on the July 8 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze card on July 8. However, that event has since fallen apart and been scrapped following the recent arrest of Khurtsidze for links to Russian organized crime. He was arrested in New York on June 9 along with 33 other alleged syndicate members.
The British Board of Boxing Control (BBBofC,) the regulatory body that is overseeing Fury’s suspension might make it a challenge for him to get back to in-ring action, but it was reported by BoxingScene.com just yesterday (June 10) that he feels a need to return to “clean up the heavyweight division and get rid of bum city.”
The situation is continuing to develop.