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Fury free to fight and has eyes on title.

TYSON Fury has set his sights on reclaiming the world heavyweight crown after being cleared to fight again immediately.

Fury is free to resume boxing after a compromise on his positive test for the banned steroid nandrolone was reached with UK Anti-Doping, resulting in a two-year ban which has been backdated to December 2015.

It means Fury, who has returned to training and faced the UKAD hearing alongside cousin Hughie, can challenge for Anthony Joshua's unified WBA, IBF and IBO titles.

In a message to Joshua, Fury wrote on Twitter: "where you at, boy? I'm coming for you, punk" The 29-year-old added: "I'm a fighting man through and through and I've never backed down from anyone in my life. I was certainly not going to back down from fighting this dispute.

"Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one and we're now happy that it has finally been settled with UKAD and that we can move forward knowing that we'll not be labelled drug cheats.

"I can now put the nightmare of the last two years behind me and 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. It's time to get the party started."

Fury and his cousin Hughie tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015, but were not charged by UKAD until June 2016, by which time Tyson Fury had beaten Wladimir Klitschko to become undisputed champion.

Both Hughie and Tyson Fury strongly denied the nandrolone charge, claiming the positive was a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated.

As part of the compromise deal, UKAD withdrew a charge against Tyson Fury of failure to provide a sample in September 2016.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead explained the delay over charging the Furys was a result of the complexities of proving nandrolone abuse, but denied UKAD had taken the easy option in reaching a compromise.

"It's a really complicated case and our policy allows us to do what we've done.

"We haven't broken any of our rules," Sapstead said.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2017
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