Tyson Fury wants his titles back
Former heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has promised to return to the ring and regain the titles which he states are “rightfully mine” after boxing chiefs cleared the British fighter to resume his career.
Tyson, 29, has been subject to a ban since February 2015, when he tested positive for a banned steroid. Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie, also a heavyweight boxer, also tested positive for higher levels of the banned steroid nandrolone. Both men deny that any doping took place and blamed the detection of nandrolone on eating a diet containing uncastrated wild boar.
British boxing fans will be delighted with the news that undefeated Fury could soon be back in action after a compromise deal was struck with the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD). Tyson agreed to accept a back dated two-year ban and as this period has elapsed, Tyson is free to box again once he receives his licence from the British Boxing Board of Control.
Tyson’s last fight was his surprise win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to be crowned world champion and take the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles in Germany. A re-match with Klitschko was scheduled for October 2016 but Fury cancelled due to an ankle injury.
In September 2016 Fury cancelled the fight altogether saying he was suffering from depression and was medically unfit to fight.
Depression and cocaine use
During his absence from the ring, Fury has publicly admitted that he has been suffering from depression and had suicidal thoughts. In an incredibly revealing interview with Rolling Stone magazine the Wythenshawe boxer said:
I’ve not been training. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live any more, if you know what I’m saying. I’ve had total enough of it. I don’t know if I’m going to see the year out, to be honest. I’m a manic depressive. I just hope someone kills me before I kill myself. Listen, I’ve done a lot of things in my life. I’ve done lots of cocaine. Lots of it. Why shouldn’t I take cocaine? It’s my life, isn’t it? I can do what I want. Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well.– Tyson Fury, Boxer
What next for Tyson Fury?
Tyson will need to shed some weight if he is to get himself in contention for another heavyweight title shot, as it’s been 25 months since he last fought and he is far from peak condition. Speaking to Sky Sports this week Fury was adamant everything was in place for a return once the dispute with the anti-doping agency was resolved, he said:
Hopefully UKAD will do the right thing, I know what the outcome should be. End of April, early May. I will be ready by that time, fit and strong. The training plan is set up, so I will be ready by then.– Tyson Fury, Boxer
It is probable that Fury will take part in a comeback fight early next year and with current champ Anthony Joshua likely to face WBO champion Joseph Parker in Cardiff on March 31st, this raises the prospect of the fight the whole world wants to see, Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua!
Both British boxers are unbeaten in their careers with Joshua having 20 wins by KO in 20 fights, Fury has 25 wins with 18 by KO. With both boxers calling out each other on social media, it’s a fight they say they both want and could possibly happen by the end of next year.