Tyson Fury’s fate will be known by the end of next week after a British Boxing Board of Contol / UK Anti-Doping Agency hearing was revealed to be taking place on Monday.
The 28 year-old stands accused of providing adverse samples to UKAD and failing to follow procedure when testers turned up at Fury’s door last year.
At present, Fury is hard at work shedding weight for a potential comeback as a black cloud still hangs over the former world heavyweight champion.
All could be for nothing though if Fury is banned for between two and four years during what is expected to be a three-to-five day case.
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 obvious determination, Fury has one further hurdle he must negotiate or his plans to fight again could be over.
Cousin and ex-world title challenger Hughie will join Tyson during the hearing as both bid to clear their names.
UKAD and the BBBofC will hear evidence from the 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 could then be without a fight for four years or more and may never have the will to return.
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