World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was provisionally banned over an alleged doping offence but that has now been lifted
Tyson Fury may have to battle Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their world title fight with a drug charge hanging over him after the UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) announced it had lifted a provisional suspension imposed on him.
UKAD lifted a provisional suspension on the world heavyweight champion after confirmation he had been charged with the alleged usage of a banned substance – understood to be nandrolone – months before his stunning victory over Klitschko in November, something he denies.
A statement from UKAD on Wednesday read: “In response to public comments made by Tyson and Hughie Fury’s representatives, UK Anti-Doping can confirm that both boxers were charged on 24 June 2016 with presence of a Prohibited Substance. Mandatory Provisional Suspensions were imposed pursuant to Article 7.9.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
“The UK Anti-Doping Rules allow athletes to challenge the imposition of a Provisional Suspension and the NADP today lifted the athletes’ suspensions, pending full determination of the charges. These charges will be heard at a hearing before the NADP in due course.
“UK Anti-Doping will not comment further on the case until due legal process has been completed.”
The 27-year-old, however, vowed to sue the UKAD over the allegations.
Fury’s legal team said they would be suing UKAD in a statement on Tuesday and had issued proceedings in the High Court on behalf of the 27-year-old and his cousin Hughie, who was also charged.
Tyson Fury is due to be back in action, after an enforced break because of an ankle injury, in October when he faces Klitschko in a rematch.
Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in November.