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Tyson Fury’s anti-doping hearing on hold

Tyson Fury’s potential return is still up in the air.

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Tyson Fury is still hoping to return to the ring on July 8, when his friend Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO middleweight title against Avtandil Khurtsidze, but the heavyweight star’s comeback is still on hold. His anti-doping hearing in London has been delayed.

From Sky Sports:

BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith confirmed that no verdict has been reached in the "complex case" and admits a final ruling could take a "long time".

"It's been adjourned to carry on later on," Smith exclusively told Sky Sports. "It's still ongoing and when they are in a position to give us any more information, they will.

"This is one of those legal cases where anything legal goes a long time. I'm not surprised, it's not unusual, it's obviously a complex case. I will expect a decision when I'm given it."

Fury (25-0, 18 KO) has been accused of using a banned steroid in 2015. If he is cleared by UKAD, he will still have to go through the process of getting his license back from the British Boxing Board of Control, but if UKAD clears him, that should ultimately be a formality. Even if the BBBofC wants to grill him over other things, he’s a star fighter and it’s unlikely they’d deny him his license.

Fury hasn’t fought since November 2015, when he went to Germany and defeated Wladimir Klitschko, abandoning a 2016 rematch and giving up all of the sanctioning body titles — WBO, IBF, and WBA — that he won in that fight. He is still recognized by The RING as the world heavyweight champion, however.

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