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      Britain's Tyson Fury is free to resume his boxing career after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.

      The former world heavyweight champion was charged in June 2016 for using a banned steroid, but blamed the result on eating uncastrated wild boar.

      His victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 was his last fight before beginning his legal battle with UK Anti-Doping (Ukad).

      Fury, 29, said he was glad he could put the “nightmare” behind him.

      He will be free to return once he regains his boxing licence.

      The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), which manages the licensing of boxers in the UK, has agreed to the outcome, according to Ukad.

      Last month, BBC Sport reported Ukad feared it could be made insolvent or require a bailout over the dispute had Fury been cleared.

      “In recognition of the retrospective counter-arguments and the risks inherent in the dispute resolution process, each side has accepted a compromise of its position,” Ukad said.

      Hughie Fury, Tyson's cousin, has reached a similar agreement after he also tested positive in February 2015.

      The Furys insist they have “never knowingly or deliberately committed a violation”.

      Ukad maintains doping violations took place.

      Both fighters' respective bouts in February 2015, including Tyson Fury's victory over Christian Hammer, have been disqualified but results after that date, including the win over Klitschko, stand.

      In a statement Tyson Fury said he and Hughie were “happy” the issue had been settled and that they can “move forward knowing they will not be labelled drug cheats”.

      “I'm a fighting man through and through and I've never backed down from anyone in my life and I was certainly not going to back down from fighting this dispute,” Fury said.

      Following the decision, Fury called out fellow Briton Anthony Joshua – the IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion – on social media.

      Joshua defended his world titles in October, while the other two world belts are held by American Deontay Wilder and New Zealand's Joseph Parker.

      Last month, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said there was “absolutely no question” Joshua would face Wilder in a unification bout in 2018.

      “Next year I will be back doing what I do best, better than ever and ready to reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine,” Fury said. “It's time to get the party started.”

      Fury secured the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts by defeating Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015, although he was forced to relinquish the IBF title soon afterwards after refusing to fight the organisation's mandatory challenger.

      A rematch with Klitschko was scheduled for summer 2016 but Fury was forced to postpone because of injury, before later withdrawing.

      Ukad confirmed in June 2016 that he and cousin Hughie had tested positive for a banned substance – now confirmed to be banned anabolic steroid nandrolone.

      Nandrolone acts similarly to the hormone testosterone and the Furys have relied on a defence that they ate uncastrated wild boar – which is naturally high in testosterone – as the reason for failing the tests.

      The pair were charged by Ukad but provisional suspensions were lifted in August 2016 after appeals.

      Two months later, Fury gave up his world titles to focus on mental health problems and the BBBofC suspended his licence “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues”.

      Source: BBC

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