Anti-gay boxer Tyson Fury will return after doping ban backdated
Anti-gay heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is set to return to boxing after a ban has been backdated.
The 29-year-old has been inactive since he was engulfed in controversy that he had used the Class A drug cocaine.
He has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko – who has compared Fury to Hitler – in November 2015.
But he has been cleared to resume boxing as a two year ban by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has been backdated.
Fury now says he plans to reclaim world titles which he believes are rightfully his after the ban.
Fury, who has made a string of comments about gay people, said he wants to put the “nightmare of the last two years” behind him.
He was previously controversially nominated for the BBC’s Sports ‘Personality’ award – despite claiming that homosexuality and paedophilia will bring about the apocalypse.
The boxer consistently stood by his comments and denied being homophobic – while also claiming that sex with children was legalised by a fictional ‘Gay Rights Act 1977‘.
He later sparked further outrage after making homophobic, sexist and antisemitic comments in an hour-long video rant.
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Fury has also admitted taking cocaine to deal with depression, which could see him lose his boxing licence on Thursday and make him banned from the sport indefinitely.
Fury said his decision was “for the good boxing” and it was “only fair and right” to give up his belts.
“I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles,” he said.
“I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer,” Fury added.
Broadcaster Andy West was suspended from his then job at the BBC after complaining about the Sports Personality nomination, accusing the BBC of “hurting me and other gay people by celebrating someone who considers me no better than a paedophile.”