Tyson Fury is free to resume his boxing career after accepting a backdated two-year ban.
The former unified world heavyweight champion has not fought since his stunning world title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, after he tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015.
His cousin and fellow heavyweight Hughie Fury also failed the test.
Both men blamed the result on eating uncastrated wild boar. It is a similar defence to the one used by Spanish cyclist and two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who tested positive for the banned steroid in 2010.
Fury claimed he had “never knowingly or deliberately committed an anti-doping rule violation” and has accepted a backdated two-year ban, which means he is free to resume his boxing career, subject to receiving a license.
A UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) statement read: “Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury have agreed to resolve the proceedings by Ukad against Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury based on the reported presence of elevated levels on nandrolone metabolites in urine samples that they provided after their respective fights in February 2015, and against Tyson Fury on his alleged failure to provide a sample in September 2016.
“Ukad’s position is that the anti-doping rule violations it has asserted have been committed and the consequences set out in the UK Anti-Doping rules should apply.
“Tyson and Hughie Fury’s position is that they have never knowingly or deliberately committed an anti-doping rule violation. In recognition of the respective counter-arguments and the risks inherent in the dispute resolution process, each side has accepted a compromise of its position.”