Tyson Fury has officially enrolled in the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program as of yesterday, ESPN reports. Although Fury had already officially announced his December 1st title fight against Deontay Wilder in a series of press events, Fury needed to sign up for random VADA drug testing before the WBC could sanction this bout as a title fight. That apparently has now been taken care of.
WBC president Maurico Sulaiman confirmed that Fury submitted his paperwork for the drug testing enrollment in this statement by saying “Tyson Fury has sent WBC Clean Boxing Program enrollment forms to VADA.”
With the paperwork having been submitted, Fury is expected to start his drug testing program in rather short order. Lou DiBella, who acts as Wilder’s promoter, says it’s a pretty quick and easy process to set up.
In 2016 Fury twice tested positive for cocaine in random VADA drug tests which wound up nixing his scheduled rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. Fury also flunked a UK Anti-Doping test in 2015 for nandrolone, although curiously enough those results weren’t disclosed until the following year. After a lot of back and forth Fury ultimately accepted a backdated two-year suspension for the infractions. During that time away from the sport Fury seemingly took steps to address the mental health and drug abuse issues that plagued him.
Fury has at least appeared to be back in a good place recently, and barring any more failed drug tests he should be good to go for his upcoming title shot.