TYSON FURY has had his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control amid alleged anti-doping violations and admissions of taking cocaine.
The Board met yesterday and discussed Fury’s licence, and today confirmed in a short statement that Tyson’s licence has been suspended ‘pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues.’
Fury admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone that he has taken ‘a lot of cocaine’ in recent months as he continues to battle with depression, prompting the Board to consider taking action.
In 2010 the Board revoked Ricky Hatton’s licence after it was revealed he had taken cocaine, though he was able to obtain a new one years later at a hearing.
Overnight Fury vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles, stating that he wants other contenders to box for them while he fully recovers from the mental health issues he is currently dealing with.
The Board’s statement did not specify how long the suspension will run for, nor how long the investigation will take. He will not be able to box in any bouts sanctioned by the Board during that time, though is likely to be called to a hearing in the near future to present evidence and argue his case.
Outside of his cocaine admission Fury is also facing doping charges after a VADA test turned in adverse findings, and Fury also allegedly refused to be tested in September. He has an appeal hearing date later this year.