THE PROMOTERS of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Hennessy Sports, have defended the boxer for failing to attend an anti-doping hearing.

The Wythenshawe-born fighter had been expected to appear at the UK Anti-Doping headquarters in London yesterday.

The promotion company took to Twitter today to explain Fury’s absence, saying that Fury was not required to personally attend the hearing.

“To be clear Tyson Fury was not required to be at the UKAD hearing yesterday. More news to follow shortly.”

The 29-year-old came in for criticism for missing the hearing, which relates to a failed drug test in February 2015 which found traces of a banned steroid.

Fury tested positive for Nandroline along with his cousin, and fellow heavyweight boxer, Hughie.

The pair strongly deny the anti-doping charges, claiming the results were caused by eating a wild boar that had not been castrated.

Fury also tested positive for cocaine in September 2016, and later admitted using the drug recreationally to cope with depression.

This is not the first issue the 29-year-old has had with anti-doping proceedings however, with a tribunal halted after just one day in August after a lawyer was deemed to have a conflict of interest.

Fury has not fought since ending Wladimir Klitschko’s 11-year reign as heavyweight champion in November 2015.

He pulled out of a scheduled rematch with the Ukrainian the following year – citing a sprained ankle – the same day the doping charge was announced.

He vacated his belts in October last year, before having his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Talk of a potential return to the ring for the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ has gathered momentum in recent weeks and months, with Fury posting videos of himself in training as he works his way back to fitness.

He has often talked of a bout in Spring 2018, talking up potential clashes with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

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