Tyson Fury to face hearing over UK Anti Doping drug charge

World heavyweight champion has had a provisional suspension lifted

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury (AP Photo/Jon Super)

World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury will face an independent hearing regarding a UK Anti-Doping charge, it has been confirmed.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) revealed that a provisional suspension for the boxer dating back to June has been lifted for the time being, while there is further investigation.

Fury has said he will sue over any suggestions he took performance enhancing substances.

In a statement, UKAD said: "In response to public comments made by Tyson and Hughie Furys' representatives, UK Anti-Doping can confirm that both boxers were charged on 24 June 2016 with presence of a Prohibited Substance. Mandatory Provisional Suspensions were imposed pursuant to Article 7.9.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.

"The UK Anti-Doping Rules allow athletes to challenge the imposition of a Provisional Suspension and the independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) today lifted the athletes’ suspensions, pending full determination of the charges. These charges will be heard at a hearing before the NADP in due course.

"UK Anti-Doping will not comment further on the case until due legal process has been completed."

The British boxer is due to rematch against Vladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in October.