Controversial British heavyweight Tyson Fury’s suspension from boxing could act as a blessing in disguise, according to his trainer and uncle Peter Fury.
Fury, the self-styled Gypsy King, had his licence to fight revoked yesterday by the British Boxing Board of Control pending further investigations into anti-doping and medical issues.
The move followed the 28-year-old’s decision late on Wednesday night to vacate the WBO and WBA heavyweight titles he won by beating Vladimir Klitschko last November, citing the need to focus on treatment and recovery.
“He acknowledges that there is an issue. That’s the start to recovery,” said Peter Fury. “But maybe it is a blessing in disguise he is taking some time out and getting this treatment, as it has been lingering for quite a while.”
Former heavyweight champion David Haye, meanwhile, has backed Fury to overcome his demons and return to the ring stronger than ever.
“It’s just the beginning of Fury’s story, not the end,” said Haye. “He’ll be back, right as rain, and stronger mentally for it.”