The BBBofC have announced that Tyson Fury, who was being investigated for failing two drugs tests, is to have his licence suspended until charges can be cleared.
Fury has been in the spotlight the past week after the BBBofC began investigating him after failing a drugs test in the United States, as well as making a personal admission of doing lots of cocaine, and it seems they have finally made their decision on the matter.
As well as this, Fury has voluntarily relinquished his WBO, WBA Super, and IBO Heavyweight World titles after revealing that he wants to focus on dealing with depression and recovering.
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The BBBofC released a statement on the issue, saying: "The British Boxing Board of Control confirms Mr Fury's licence is suspended pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical matters.”
Fury is still being investigated for further cases of cocaine use following two failed drug tests, which was carried out by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association just before his rematch with Vladimir Klitschko - which he eventually pulled out of due to mental health issues.
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He is also still to attend a hearing in November after being tested positive for nandrolone last year.
Following the boards’ statement on Thursday, Fury tweeted: “You may take everything I worked for, but all I can say is I told you so," attached with a video showing his triumph over Wladimir Klitschko.
He then proceeded to release the following statement: "I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I'm unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”
There were already talks about Fury’s titles being stripped from him, given that he had not fought since last November, but it seems like he decided to take the matter into his own hands and voluntarily relinquish them in order to focus on medical treatment.
As you can expect, there has been plenty of reaction on Twitter from the news, with the majority of users agreeing to the decision.
With the titles relinquished and Fury’s licence suspended, this may pave the way for the Anthony Joshua/Klitschko fight to be announced, which had been delayed until a decision could be made on Fury’s future.
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