Tyson Fury reacts on Twitter after being urged to make his comeback by the BBCofC

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Tyson Fury has responded following reports that he will be making his long-awaited return to professional boxing in 2018.

The former heavyweight world champion is still waiting for a final ruling from UK Anti-Doping on a suspended drugs ban after the hearing was adjourned in July.

Fury, 29, hasn't fought since 2015 but his legal team have been urged to book a date so that his UKAD hearing can resume, says the British Boxing Board of Control.

BBBofC chairman Robert Smith insists the governing body would like to have Fury back "fit and healthy" but are relying on his legal team to get the ball rolling.

"It's quite simple, Fury's legal team need to agree a date," Smith told Sky Sports. "At the present time, as I am standing here now, it hasn't been agreed.

"We are ready to go. UKAD do all our anti-doping for us, they have an independent panel that is dealing with the case and we are trying to get a date finalised. But we are unable to do so because they [Fury's legal team] haven't confirmed one.

"Of course we want it done. We are as frustrated as anybody else, because I get questions about Fury on a regular basis, but ultimately it is up to them.

"We are ready to go, UKAD are ready to go on our behalf, and the independent panel are waiting for a confirmed date. It's up to them now.

"We want Tyson Fury to come back fit and healthy, in the right circumstances," he said.

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"At present time, he has a few things going on, so he needs those things resolved. Once they're resolved and he is a position to do so, we want to make sure he's healthy.

"There a lot of stories out there about his health, physically and mentally, but the most important thing is him. Boxing comes second. But if we are able to consider him boxing again, we want that to happen."

The 'Gypsy King' responds on Twitter

Fury celebrated Smith's comments on Twitter and there is already plenty of talk about a potential bout with Anthony Joshua next year.

He tweeted a message of thanks for the BBBOC - Fury's comeback doesn't look far away now.

Fury had tweeted details of his three-fight plan for 2018 earlier in October.

There has been no final decision on Fury's return to the sport but the signs look good for the controversial boxer.

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