British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith has broken his silence on the current media circus surrounding world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Failed drugs tests, along with bout cancellations, cocaine taking, mental illness and outspoken interviews have placed Fury’s future in jeopardy and the Board have been tipped to revoke the WBA, WBO and IBO title holder’s licence.
All three governing bodies are awaiting a decision from Smith on what their next move should be and Fury’s championship fate is now set to be decided next week at the scheduled monthly BBBofC meeting.
“The Board meets next week and we’ll discuss it, I’m fairly sure,” Smith told Press Association Sport.
“The meeting won’t be for Tyson Fury alone. We have a meeting on October 12. All of Mr Fury’s recent issues will be discussed at that point, after which we’ll see what we’re going to do.
“He is licenced by us. The sanctioning bodies, the WBO, WBA – they are not governing bodies – they can strip him, declare the titles vacant, or he can vacate them.
“We deal with the licence, so in theory, if we were to suspend him they would have no choice but to strip him because he can’t defend them, can he?
“There are a number of issues with Mr Fury that need to be considered, that have been well-publicised. We’ve had other issues this weekend that have been more important than Tyson Fury (the death of Mike Towell).”
Smith went on: “Cocaine is against the law of the land. We can’t ignore the law of the land. It’s drug use and we will deal with it accordingly.
“Mr (Ricky) Hatton (for similar in 2010) had his licence withdrawn, and had a hearing. You can’t just take a man’s licence away, without taking the proper procedures, if we decide that’s the right thing to do.”
Fury, 28, has revealed suicidal thoughts and alcohol benders have scuppered his attempts to prepare for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, although any pleas from the fighter are certain to go unheeded at next week’s BBBofC get together.