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Fury 'has massive future'

Sky Sports Sky Sports 14/10/2016

© Getty Tyson Fury's trainer and uncle Peter Fury has vowed his nephew will return to the ring, despite having vacated his WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

The 28-year-old is receiving treatment for a condition Peter Fury described as "manic depression" and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) has suspended Fury's boxer's licence pending further investigation into "anti-doping and medical issues".

Fury is also the subject of a UK Anti-Doping investigation and recently claimed he had taken "lots of" cocaine in the wake of reports of a failed Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test.

Fury has numerous hurdles to overcome before any potential return to action, but Peter Fury insists it will occur at some point.

"Absolutely, you will see him in the ring again," the 48-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I was with him yesterday, me and his dad [John], and just listening to him speak and the way he is. 

Boxing is in his life, it's in his blood, it's in his veins. He doesn't know anything else.

"He's just frustrated. When you lose interest in everything and you can't see the meaning of anything - clearly you've got a problem.

"He's addressing it now and we spoke for three and a half, four hours yesterday. The treatment he's had already is doing him a lot of good.

"He hasn't got a drug addiction, he just did a stupid thing. He's not going into any clinics for drug abuse. He's got manic depression, which is a version of bipolar disorder.

"They said over a period of the next few months he should start to respond, and progress."

Sanctioning bodies the WBA and WBO are expected to make imminent decisions regarding the world titles Fury has vacated and which fellow Brits Anthony Joshua and David Haye are among those hoping to contest.

The BBBoC will also have to take more permanent action regarding his licence, and Peter Fury said: "The Board needs to understand that he's got a severe depression problem.

He's got all of his reports to go with it. He's attending the necessary clinics.

"Once Tyson Fury produces all of his records of what he's been through, the Boxing Board, I don't think, will have any option but to give him his licence back because this is a guy that's needing medical treatment.

"Once the powers that be say he's fit to box and he's OK, there's no reason why he can't be reinstated.

"He is the lineal heavyweight champion of the world, he's done what nobody else could do.

He's in the pinnacle of his career, he's only 28 years of age. He's got a massive future.

"He is controversial. He lights up boxing, whether it be good or bad. I think it's a case of he is the world champion, the true world champion.

"I think when he does come back, he'll be welcomed with open arms. Especially the way he's voluntarily relinquished his belts."

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