Tyson Fury is hard at work shedding weight in Ricky Hatton’s gym for a potential comeback in the spring as a black cloud still hangs over the former world heavyweight champion.
Signing with MTK Global recently and continually calling out some of the bigger names in the division, Fury is completely hell-bent on being back in the ring over the next few months.
Despite his determination, there remains one further hurdle Fury must negotiate.
The 28 year-old will soon be in front of the British Boxing Board of Control and the UK Anti-Doping Agency alongside his cousin and ex-world title challenger Hughie in a bid to clear his name from an adverse drug sample.
UKAD and the BBBofC will hear evidence from both Fury’s regarding a positive test revealed in June 2016, which saw Tyson have his license to box suspended and lose his coveted world title belts.
Fury ripped those championships away from Wladimir Klitschko the previous November, but hasn’t fought since, and has threatened to sue the Board and UKAD for loss of earnings if found not guilty.
Should the charge be upheld – as some in the sport fully expect it to be, Fury faces a ban of up to two years and could then be without a fight for four years or more.
Hopefully, this won’t be the case and the top division can welcome back one its star performers as things hot up in a weight class that was held dormant for so long by Klitschko’s decade of dominance.
As things stand, Fury has proven his desire to get fit and change his outlook on life after some personal and mental issues, so leniency by the Board and UKAD could be the order of the day.
There may have to be some agreement between both parties to drop any legal action moving forward as a further spell on the shelf could certainly lead Fury back to a dark place nobody wants him to revisit.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay