Fury Still Needs License Reinstated
3KingsBoxing.com broke the news to you yesterday that former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was free to pursue a comeback after accepting a two year backdated ban from UKAD which expired on December 12th.
However, The Gypsy King is still without a licence which was withdrawn when concerns arose over his mental health. But it isn’t a formality that Fury will automatically be granted a license by the British Boxing Board of Control, and the board will decide whether to reinstate his license next month.
“At the present time his boxing licence is suspended and we have to make sure that we are satisfied that he is healthy, mentally fit and physically fit before we permit him to box,” BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports News. “[It is] for his own benefit.”
Asked if Fury’s history of mental health problems were a factor, Smith said: “Of course. There have been issues in the past which Tyson has admitted to. We have records and medical documentation with regard to that.”
“We, as a responsible organisation, have to make sure our boxers are fit and healthy.”
Should his license NOT be reinstated Fury will be forced to find a country, or even a state somewhere in the USA, that would give him a license to continue fighting. It wouldn’t be the first time a British Heavyweight has had to go elsewhere for a fighting license (think Dereck Chisora in 2012).
By: Aaron Cooper