World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury was provisionally suspended in June after testing positive for a banned substance, Britain’s anti-doping body said Wednesday.
However, UKAD said in a statement that Fury and his cousin Hughie, a heavyweight boxer who was also suspended, have had their bans lifted “pending full determination of the charges.”
The boxers were charged on June 24 over the “presence of a prohibited substance,” UKAD said, and mandatory provisional suspensions were imposed.
UK anti-doping rules allow athletes to challenge a provisional suspension and the National Anti-Doping Panel lifted the bans. A hearing of the charges will be heard “in due course,” UKAD said.
Tyson Fury, 27, holds the WBO and WBA heavyweight belts after beating Wladimir Klitschko in November to end the Ukrainian fighter’s near-decade-long reign as champion. A rematch scheduled for July 9 in Manchester was postponed because of an ankle injury to Fury.
Fury announced the postponement of the fight on the day he was charged by UKAD. Tyson Fury’s lawyer said in a statement on Tuesday that he was suing UKAD over allegations that performance-enhancing drugs had been used.
“The two boxers strenuously deny taking any performance-enhancing drugs,” said the lawyer, Lewis Power. “However, during the last five weeks, leaks about these charges have appeared in the press and both boxers have been the targets of continual abusive language on Twitter.”
Peter Fury, the father of Hughie and uncle of Tyson, trains both fighters. He welcomed the news that they were free to fight.
“To all our fans. Ukad suspension Lifted & (at)Tyson_Fury (at)hughiefury can & will be fighting with full go ahead from tribunal,” Peter Fury said on Twitter on Wednesday. “Truth!! Amen.”
Hughie Fury has won all 20 of his fights as a pro. Tyson Fury is unbeaten in 25 pro fights.