British heavyweight boxer, Tyson Fury, is on the verge of being stripped of his licence at a meeting of the British Boxing Board of Control, BBBC, on Wednesday.
The boxer’s matter will be treated by officials after a reported failed drugs test in the United States and his admission in Rolling Stone magazine that he has “done lots of cocaine.”
A ban on Fury will expedite confirmation of a bout between Vladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua for the newly-vacant world heavyweight titles.
Fury pulled out of a scheduled world heavyweight title rematch against Klitschko later this month with his team citing mental health issues. He earlier told his fans on Twitter that he has retired, a post he later dismissed as a joke.
If the Board resolves to strip Fury of his licence, it is almost certain he will relinquish the WBO and WBA versions of the title he won from Klitschko last year.
The WBO has already given the 28-year-old a 10-day deadline to declare his future plans, and a ban would make his position as champion untenable.
Klitschko is instead set to sign a deal to face IBF champion, Joshua, for all three belts, with the bout expected to be confirmed next week for December 10.
Former heavyweight champion, David Haye, believes it is already a done deal, tweeting on Tuesday, “Great to hear Joshua-Klitschko is done. Timing is everything & the time is now perfect for AJ. Reminds me of Ali Vs Berbick.”
But the projected contest between Klitschko and Joshua is unlikely to be officially confirmed before Fury’s position is fully clarified.