LAST week Tyson Fury, the former heavyweight champion, declared on social media that he would retire. He has done this before and he is not expected to hang up his gloves for good, although he is yet to row back on the pronouncement.

Promoter Frank Warren, who was due to stage one of Tyson’s cancelled fight, insists boxing needs Fury back. “I think the game would miss him if he weren’t in the game and he would miss the game. There was nothing untoward with Peter [Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer]. Peter went to take Hughie down [to David Haye’s gym] to spar with Joe Joyce, David Haye wasn’t even there, he was on holiday,” Warren told Boxing News.

But Fury’s ant-doping hearing is yet to be resolved. Warren condemned the long wait for a decision that has kept Tyson’s career in limbo. “Still waiting on the outcome of the UKAD thing, it seems to be dragging on forever,” the promoter said.

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“Your prime years, you’re out of the ring. You should be in the ring. And the worst case, if he was guilty they’d say he was ‘guilty’ and then [he’d] get on with his life. At the moment there’s so much up in the air.

“How long does it take to get a decision? Something’s got to be wrong to get to this position. If it was a slamdunker, it be right you’re banned, that’s it, goodbye. Something’s wrong.”