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Fury faces long wait to clear doping charges

Boxing

LONDON - The outcome of Tyson Fury’s drugs case could take a further three weeks if an appeal follows the conclusion to a UK Anti-Doping hearing that took place in London on Monday.

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Fury poses with his belts after beating Klitschko. Photo: Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd, EPA

Fury, who hopes to resume his boxing career if he can clear his name after testing positive for a banned steroid in February 2015, attended the hearing at the UKAD headquarters.

Fury was found to have traces of nandrolone in his system but will reportedly claim it was the result of contaminated meat he consumed. Insiders warn it could be weeks before the entire process runs its course.

Should he lose, Fury has 21 days to appeal, but the World Anti-Doping Agency could also appeal against any decision.

UKAD revealed that Fury had been charged ‘with the presence of a prohibited substance’ in June 2016. Four months later the British Boxing Board of Control suspended his licence.

He has also endured problems with mental illness and cocaine since his defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 when he became heavyweight world champion.

The 28-year-old denies using steroids and is targeting a comeback in July, though his weight has risen to 25 stone.

Fury told the Daily Telegraph that a date has been pencilled in for a fight with Anthony Joshua. He said: ‘(Promoter) Eddie Hearn has already booked Wembley Stadium for next April.’

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