How Tyson and Hughie Fury will fight drug accusations in front of anti-doping panel

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Whether Tyson Fury actually makes his return to boxing in July remains to be seen.

The former heavyweight champion announced his intentions to compete on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ fight against Avtandil Khurtsize on July 8.

“I’m coming back,” he said on Instagram. “So many bums out there that need cleaning up and wiping out.”

But before Fury can focus on his return, he faces a National Anti-Doping Panel next month after being accused of taking nandrolone, a banned anabolic steroid.

The 6ft 9in boxer, 28, had his boxing licence suspended in 2016 and also gave up his WBA, WBO and IBO belts in a torrid year in which he admitted suffering from depression and was ruled ‘medically unfit’ to rematch Wladimir Klitschko.

Tyson isn’t the only Fury who will appear in front of the National Anti-Doping Panel. His cousin, Hughie, has also been accused of taking nandrolone.

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Hughie pleaded his innocence

The 22-year-old, who pulled out of his title fight against Joseph Parker on Sunday with a back injury, pleaded his innocence in an interview with The Times last month.

“I have never taken a drug in my life,” he said.

"It's someone playing games, trying to shoot our name down. I'm getting it because people don't like us there.

"They were saying I'd been on steroids since I was 15. In our family we have problems after problems and have been through all sorts of things.

"We are very determined. Never give up on your dreams."

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The Furys' have a bizarre defence

That, however, isn’t the defence Hughie or his cousin will lead with next month.

According to the Daily Mail, the pair will blame their failed drugs tests on eating vast amounts of contaminated offal.

Yes, really.

They eat one boar each per week

The Mail add that Tyson and Hughie will claim they eat a whole boar, including its internal organs and entrails, between them each week.

The Furys’ legal team will explain that eating the liver of an animal that has been fed steroids can leave traceable amounts in a human body.

Meanwhile, a farmer will testify that the pair purchase a boar from him each week.

Bizarre? It always is with the Furys.

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