Tyson Fury’s license suspended by British boxing authorities

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, Britain's new world champion Tyson Fury, celebrates with the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts after winning the world heavyweight title fight against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Fury has vacated his WBO and WBA world titles to concentrate on his treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal issues. Fury’s promotors released a statement early Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, confirming the decision. It comes in the wake of his second withdrawal from a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after being declared "medically unfit" and following his admitted bingeing on cocaine and alcohol. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) – Tyson Fury’s license has been suspended by British boxing authorities, hours after the British fighter vacated his world heavyweight titles to concentrate on treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal issues.

The British Boxing Board of Control said in a statement Thursday that Fury had temporarily lost his license “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues.”

The 28-year-old Fury has admitted taking cocaine while dealing with depression over the last six months.

Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to claim the heavyweight crown.

Fury said in a statement earlier Thursday he had taken the “hard and emotional” decision to vacate his WBO and WBA titles to “enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”

 

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