Tyson Fury has lost his licence to box following a British Boxing Board of Control meeting on Wednesday.
The 28 year-old announced he was vacating his heavyweight belts to concentrate on his recovery from mental and drug problems before the BBBofC released a statement on Thursday.
“The British Boxing Board of Control confirms that Mr. Fury’s boxer’s licence is suspended pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues,” read the brief confirmation, which comes as yet another blow to the former undefeated world champion.
Fury is set for a period out of the sport as he deals with personal issues that have sent his private life spiralling out of control in recent months.
Calling off two scheduled rematches with Wladimir Klitschko seemed to be the tip of the iceberg as Fury revealed a dark time in his life where be binged on alcohol and cocaine for days.
An admission of not training properly since May, alongside two failed drug tests leading up to his latest fight date of October 29, have seemingly left the BBBofC with no choice but to revoke his licence to fight.
Ricky Hatton, a big friend of Fury, was an example of the Board’s zero tolerance of cocaine following a similar ban in 2010, although ‘The Hitman’ was reinstated on appeal two years later in time for a failed comeback fight with Vyacheslav Senchenko.
As Fury is hoping to return to action in 2017, the ex-four-belt world title holder will have to act quickly in order to convince the Board he’s ready to fight again soon.