Tyson Fury called out Anthony Joshua to fight minutes after the UK Anti-Doping Agency revealed he is free to fight again, The Independent reports.
Fury accepted a backdated two-year suspension from boxing after he tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015. He has not fought since his stunning world title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, meaning his ban has been served – although UKAD has decided not to disqualify his victory over the Ukranian fighter.
“Where you at boy? I’m coming for you punk,” Fury tweeted to Joshua, the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight world champion.
He vowed to put the “nightmare of the last two years” behind him and reclaim the world titles which he says are rightfully his.
“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,” said Fury.
“I can now put the nightmare of the last two years behind me, which has been particularly hard on my family, but with their support and strength, along with my uncle Peter, Hennessy Sports and Morgan Sports Law, we’ve fought through relentlessly together and I can now enjoy Christmas with my family and new-born daughter.
“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.”
The Furys were not charged by UKAD until June 2016, by which time Tyson Fury had beaten Klitschko. Both Hughie and Tyson Fury have strongly denied the nandrolone charges, claiming the positive tests were a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated.
Tyson Fury also failed a test for cocaine in September 2016 and later admitted using the recreational drug to deal with depression related to his injury and UKAD problems. As part of the compromise deal, UKAD withdrew a charge against Tyson Fury of failure to provide a sample in September 2016.