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13th Dec 2017

Tyson Fury quickly deletes video after aiming threat at BBBofC

That won't help his cause

Darragh Murphy

Tyson Fury doesn’t seem all that bothered by the fact that his boxing licence remains suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Having had his ban for testing positive for a banned substance backdated following a successful arbitration hearing with UK Anti-Doping, Fury looked set to have his licence reinstated when the BBBofC review his suspension in January.

But it’s since emerged that Fury may not even pursue the renewal of his boxing licence with the BBBofC as he threatened to look for backing from a different governing body.

In a now-deleted Instagram video, the controversial heavyweight hit out at the organisation which, according to him, has treated him poorly in recent years.

“I’ve not held a BBBofC boxing licence since I fought Klitschko two years ago. Who knows? I might not even go back with the British Boxing Board of Control,” Fury said.

“Get it out of your mind that it’s cemented that I’ll be going with you guys because I have a vast array of boards of control around the world with open arms welcoming (to me).”

Fury is hoping to make his long-awaited comeback in April and he has suggested that he would like to meet Manuel Charr in his return fight before he eyes up an all-British showdown with fellow undefeated heavyweight, Anthony Joshua, later in the year.

The BBBofC revoked Fury’s licence in October 2016 due to medical issues and general secretary Robert Smith has admitted that the fighter’s current mental state would have to be evaluated before the Board would consider licensing him to return to the ring.

“Before the boxing licence suspension is lifted he would have to appear before the Board,” Smith said on Wednesday. “There’s a number of matters: there’s his mental health issues, he’s admitted he took cocaine.

“We’ve got to speak to Mr Fury and his management, which we haven’t done. If they contact us we can hopefully get it wrapped up in January; I presume we’ll be hearing from them shortly. A discussion will take place in January whether we hear from him or not, but the sooner we do, the better for everybody.

“We (also) have to be satisfied about Tyson’s physical well-being, that he is fit to fight, and that’s not just medically, that’s physically as well. It’s well reported he’s not in physical condition to return straight away, so he’s got a bit of work to do.”