Having announced his retirement from boxing during the summer, Tyson Fury is still unable to resume his career – even if he wanted to.
The former world heavyweight champion, who last fought when dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, was hoping to return in July after the completion of a UK Anti-Doping hearing back in May.
Between them, the British Boxing Board of Control and UKAD sought the help of an independent panel, meaning Fury was forced to wait – it was believed until October.
That decision led to Fury abandoning his training and hanging up his gloves, although being reinstated by the BBBofC is thought to be the catalyst for the 29 year-old to reverse his stance.
On July 26, Fury said: “(I’ve) been very blessed in my life and career (to) achieve the upmost in boxing. (It) was an epic journey along the way.
“Thanks to all the fans that supported and believed in me along the way. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The End.”
Fury will be no nearer a comeback though until everything is settled with the hearing, which BBBofC secretary Robert Smith was unable to confirm when quizzed on the matter on Friday.
“UKAD are acting on behalf of (BBBofC). There’s an independent panel that hear (Tyson’s case),” BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports.
“We’re waiting for the independent panel to advise us (when the hearing will resume in the future),” he added.
Reports of a failed test in 2015, way before his victory over Klitschko, surfaced after the contest and eventually led to Fury being struck off by the British Board in June of 2016.
Should Fury be officially handed a two-year ban from that date, ‘The Gypsy King’ would then face being almost 30 by the time he finally ends what would be over a two and a year absence from the boxing ring.