Tyson Fury's legal team need to agree date for UK Anti-Doping hearing to resume
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 30/10/17 1:01pm
Tyson Fury's legal team must propose a date before his UK Anti-Doping hearing can resume, says the British Boxing Board of Control.
The former heavyweight world champion is still waiting for a final ruling from UKAD on a suspended drugs ban after the hearing was adjourned in May.
BBBofC chairman Robert Smith insists the governing body would like to have Fury back "fit and healthy", but are yet to be notified by Fury's representatives about when the hearing can continue.
Of course we want it done. We are as frustrated as anybody else, because I get questions about Fury on a regular basis, but ultimately it is up to them.
"It's quite simple, Fury's legal team need to agree a date," Smith exclusively told Sky Sports.
"At the present time, as I am standing here now, it hasn't been agreed.
"We are ready to go. UKAD do all our anti-doping for us, they have an independent panel that is dealing with the case and we are trying to get a date finalised. But we are unable to do so because they [Fury's legal team] haven't confirmed one.
"Of course we want it done. We are as frustrated as anybody else, because I get questions about Fury on a regular basis, but ultimately it is up to them.
"We are ready to go, UKAD are ready to go on our behalf, and the independent panel are waiting for a confirmed date. It's up to them now."
Fury has suggested he will return in 2018, with a three-fight schedule planned, but Smith wants to ensure the 29-year-old is physically and mentally ready to make his long-awaited comeback.
Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.— TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 12, 2017
"We want Tyson Fury to come back fit and healthy, in the right circumstances," he said.
"At present time, he has a few things going on, so he needs those things resolved. Once they're resolved and he is a position to do so, we want to make sure he's healthy.
"There a lot of stories out there about his health, physically and mentally, but the most important thing is him. Boxing comes second.
"But if we are able to consider him boxing again, we want that to happen."