Tyson Fury wants to take out Irish Licence for Comeback

Tyson Fury [25(18)-0] has stated his desire to take out a licence with the Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI) following confirmation today the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) will refuse to allow his mooted comeback.

Former heavyweight king Fury announced his intention to return to the sport last night, with a May 13th date on a Queensberry Promotions card in Leeds suggested.

However, the BBBoC confirmed this morning that the suspension they placed on Fury last year “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues,” still stands.

Fury would then tweet the following:

Despite this, Fury will likely run into difficulty should he attempt to make an application to the Irish body, considering that the BUI confirmed to Irish-Boxing.com last October that “once he is under a suspension from the BBBoC we would not consider an application from him.”

The Manchester-born fighter, whose parents hail from Galway and Antrim, won the Irish heavyweight title back in 2012, stopping Martin Rogan in the fifth round at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

Fury defeated long-reigning heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, but would undergo a turbulent reign, seeing his IBF belt stripped, have two rematches with Klitschko fall through, before vacating his WBA and WBO belts due to health issues. In this time he was also handed a suspension, later lifted, for anti-doping offences by the UK Anti-Doping Agency, for which the investigation is still ongoing. The 28 year old additionally admitted that he had used prohibited recreational drugs.

Joe O'Neill

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