A BBC report into the current UK Anti-Doping Agency and British Boxing Board of Control case against Tyson Fury has uncovered a shocking outcome.
As Fury fights UKAD’s positive test for what he claims was contaminated meat, any ruling in favour of the former world champion could mean suing for loss of earnings.
The 28 year-old has missed out on a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko and a unification with Anthony Joshua in the two years since his career stalled, and if successful, Fury could seek damages from UKAD in the tens of millions of pounds.
According to the BBC, UKAD’s annual budget is only £8m and any Fury action could put a massive dent in their future opertations.
A hearing is currently being lined up for December as Fury pushes to return to fighting in 2018, although it’s still no foregone conclusion that the ‘Gypsy King’ will escape a ban.
The British Board have employed an independent panel to go through the case against Fury with a fine-tooth comb, whilst UK rival Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn are on standby to make a huge blockbuster fight for the summer.
Fury still remains well overweight following his prolonged spell on the sidelines but has vowed to begin training ahead of what he hopes will be a satisfactory outcome by the end of this year.
Should Fury be suspended, the one-time top division ruler faces up to another two years away and could be 30 by the time he’s allowed to fight.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay