British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has been officially cleared to fight again. He has declared he wants Anthony Joshua as his next opponent.
The 29-year-old is now free to reapply for a licence after accepting a two-year back-dated doping ban from UK Anti-Doping.
That ban expired on 12 December. The British Boxing Board of Control have recognised the ruling handed down by Ukad. They included the same punishment for Fury’s cousin and fellow heavyweight, Hughie.
The BBBofC will not meet until after Christmas to discuss renewing Fury’s boxing licence. Stewards of the Board would meet in January to discuss Fury’s boxing licence suspension.
It is more than likely Fury will then be called to a hearing to make his case to be handed the right to fight again.
Fury has not fought since November 2015 when he stripped Wladimir Klitschko of his world titles to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
The Board suspended Fury’s licence in part due to UKAD’s investigation into the fighter, which was revealed last year, and because the Brit vacated his titles due to mental health issues. Fury is also tested positive for cocaine during this period.
The Manchester-born fighter will be asked to speak on these matters at a hearing. After this the Board will decide whether to re-issue his licence.
Fury cannot fight until he gets his licence back, but is targeting a comeback in 2018 where he has his sights set on some massive fights.
Tony Bellew and Anthony Joshua have all been mooted as potential opponents with Fury repeatedly calling the pair out on social media.