Warren blasts latest delay over Fury's hearing

Tyson Fury and Frank Warren fear the Morecambe heavyweight's comeback could be delayed until at least the end of the year after the postponement of his hearing with UK Anti-Doping.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th May 2017, 9:20 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:33 pm
Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury

UKAD charged Tyson and his cousin Hughie Fury with the “presence of a prohibited substance” on June 24, 2016, 16 months after traces of the banned substance nandrolone had reportedly been found in a urine sample he gave in February 2015.

Each deny any wrongdoing.

The hearing surrounding the two heavyweights began last Monday, but was halted on Wednesday owing to UKAD’s concerns surrounding a potential conflict of interest on its panel.

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Warren has revealed that if it is rescheduled instead of dismissed, as they still hope, it will not take place until October.

They are therefore concerned that that would not only threaten his planned comeback on July 8, but keep him inactive for another six months in what should be the peak years of his career.

“(If it drags on with UKAD then the hearing) won’t be heard until October,” said Warren, 62. “It’s a liberty. There’s going to be a scream about that – that can’t be right.

“The man’s got a living to get and this thing took place in 2015. It’s disgraceful. You’ve either got a case or you haven’t got a case.

“‘I’ve had a test, I’m positive or I’m negative. If I’m positive and I’m just over, this is the reason why’. Why does it drag on, from 2015?

“I don’t know when the (British Boxing Board of Control) will come in. You’ve got to ask them that. They thought this was all settled in 2015. If (UKAD) chuck it out, he’s on the card ( on July 8). I spoke to (Fury) and he’s training hard.

“Somebody’s got to intervene, even if it’s the minister for sport. This on any level can’t be right.”

Warren also spoke of the episode Fury was involved in with testers, which suggests he is at risk of being accused of refusing a test and that could even lead to a potential four-year ban.

When they turned up Fury swore at them, said Warren.

“He filmed it – I’ve seen it. He said, ‘What you’ve done to me is persecute me’. This is when he wasn’t feeling too good (Fury vacated his world titles last year to concentrate on his recovery from depression).

“Then Peter (Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer) found out and called them, an hour later he said, ‘Can you come back?’ and they wouldn’t come back.

“Boxing is what he does and having it hanging over your head, if it is then (October), then it’s been two-and-a-half years and that’s outrageous.

“He’s said some stupid things there’s no doubt about that. But there should be no prejudice.”