News | Oct 08 2018

Why Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury could lose world championships status by the end of the week

WBC president says Tyson Fury must enrol in Clean Boxing drug testing programme to fight for Deontay Wilder's WBC heavyweight title, reports Matt Christie
Tyson Fury
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THE December 1 showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury could become a non-title fight if the challenger does not enrol into the sanctioning body’s Clean Boxing Program by the end of this week.

Fury, who failed a test for steroid nandrolone in 2015 and was handed a backdated ban that ran its course in 2017, has told WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, he will enrol imminently. The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) – who run the WBC’s championship testing procedure – are also waiting on Fury to sign up ahead of the Los Angeles Staples Center contest.

“Fury is not enrolled with the WBC Clean Boxing Program and he promised me personally, and even on Twitter, that he was enrolling. If he doesn’t, the fight with Wilder will not be for the WBC title,” Sulaiman told Boxing News.