Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Fury could lose licence after 'cocaine admission'

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could lose his licence after he revealed he was taking cocaine.

The British fighter, 28, who claimed he had retired on Monday
before retracting the comment three hours later, has also said
he is suffering from depression.

British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) general secretary Robert Smith said cocaine use is "against the law".
The governing body, which meets on 12 October, stripped
Ricky Hatton of his licence after drug use allegations.

The British boxer lost his licence in 2010 and the former two-
weight world champion has reportedly texted Fury "asking him
to give me a ring if he needs me".

The BBBofC meeting has not been called exclusively for Fury's
case, but Smith said the body "can't ignore the law of the
land", adding: "It's drug use and we will deal with it

BBC Sport has contacted the WBO and WBA - the two organisations with which Fury holds heavyweight titles - but
is yet to receive a response.

The WBO and WBA are not governing bodies and can strip
Fury of the title, declare the titles vacant, or he can vacate

Smith said: "We deal with the licence, so in theory, if we were
to suspend him they would have no choice but to strip him
because he can't defend them, can he?

"You can't just take a man's licence away, without taking the
proper procedures, if we decide that's the right thing to do."
Fury - undefeated in 25 professional fights - has not fought
since November 2015 when he inflicted a first defeat on
Wladimir Klitschko in more than 11 years, winning the WBA,
IBF, WBO and IBO belts.

He was stripped of the IBF strap within two weeks as he could
not face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov and a
rematch with Klitschko has twice been postponed.

The Manchester-born fighter also faces a UK Anti-Doping
hearing in November after traces of a banned substance were
allegedly found in a urine sample in June.

On Monday, Fury tweeted: "I'm the greatest, and I'm also
retired". But three hours later posted: "I'm here to stay".

Source: BBC sport

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