Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has distanced himself from the British Boxing Board of Control after effectively ending his UK career.
The 29 year-old, without a fight for almost two years, wanted to get his career back on track following a period of personal problems coupled with a suspected failed drugs test, but has been left in limbo by a pending BBBofC / UK Anit-Doping case against him.
Between them, the British Boxing Board of Control and UKAD had 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.
On July 26, Fury had 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.”
That lasted just six weeks before Fury confirmed he’d be back again until a social media post on Wednesday put his return further in doubt.
“After thinking long and hard about my return I will not be applying for a BBBofC boxing license. After they way they have handled stuff, no thanks.”
Whether Fury will seek to fight outside BBBofC juristication remains to be seen, although fights with Anthony Joshua or any other UK-based contender will be off the table.
‘2 Fast’ is also way out of fighting shape as he proved when doing the ‘Haka’ shirtless with Joseph Parker in Manchester last September. Fury has had no luck in his pursuit of putting together solid preparations for a return as a May date with Frank Warren was then pushed further back to July before being scrapped altogether.
In September, the Board stated it was infact Team Fury who were holding up their own hearing by requesting the admission of certain evidence they wanted kept out of the public domain.
All in all, the situation is a mess and is no closer to a resolution as it seems Fury no longer wants to co-operate with the Board’s wishes on the back of what he sees as ill treatment.