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Fury, 29, said he was glad he could put the “nightmare” behind him.He will be free to return to the ring once he regains his boxing licence from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), who Ukad said have accepted the outcome.Hughie Fury, Tyson’s cousin, has reached a similar agreement after he also tested positive in February 2015.Both men were not charged until June 2016 and both continue to insist they have “never knowingly or deliberately committed a violation”.Last month, BBC Sport reported Ukad feared it could be made insolvent or require a bailout over the dispute had Fury been cleared.However, Ukad Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead insisted there was “absolutely no whitewash and nothing to be fearful or embarrassed about” in the decision.She said the anti-doping agency had been “completely transparent” and that the developments represented a “good outcome”, given their conviction that a doping violation did take place.A Ukad statement read: “In recognition of the retrospective counter-arguments and the risks inherent in the dispute resolution process, each side has accepted a compromise of its position.”In a statement Tyson Fury said he and Hughie were “happy” the issue had been settled and that they can “move forward knowing they will not be labelled drug cheats”.Both fighters’ respective bouts in February 2015, including Tyson’s victory over Christian Hammer, have been disqualified but results after that date, including the win over Klitschko, stand.“I’m a fighting man through and through and I’ve never backed down from anyone in my life and I was certainly not going to back down from fighting this dispute,” he said.Following the decision, Fury called out fellow Briton Anthony Joshua – the IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion – on social media, saying “where you at boy? I’m coming for you punk”.Joshua defended his world titles in October, while the other two world belts are held by American, Deontay Wilder, and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.Last month, Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn, said there was “absolutely no question” Joshua would face Wilder in a unification bout in 2018.“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,” Fury said. “It’s time to get the party started.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Britain’s Tyson Fury is free to resume his boxing career after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.The former world heavyweight champion tested positive for a banned steroid in February 2015, but blamed the result on eating un-castrated wild boar.His victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 was his last fight before beginning his legal battle with UK Anti-Doping (Ukad).
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders maintained their 10-point lead at the top despite a string of absentees.The Poland forward, who joined Bayern this season, shrugged off a hostile welcome on his league return to the Signal Iduna Park, heading in the winner on the rebound in the Bundesliga’s big game.The result lifted Bayern to 67 points while Dortmund suffered a setback in their hunt for a European spot, remaining in 10th on 33 points following their first defeat in eight league games.Missing injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and David Alaba among others, the Bavarians lacked their usual punching power but they made up defensively as they completely shut out the hosts.The 80 667 sell-out crowd had to wait 16 minutes for the first shot on goal in a finely balanced and physical first half.With a new-look midfield of captain Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern gradually found space to go forward while efficiently shutting down space for the hosts. Neither team had a major scoring chance until Lewandowski’s header after keeper Roman Weidenfeller had denied Thomas Mueller the Pole’s 14th league goal of the season.Dortmund had the edge in the second half but, apart from a fine Marco Reus free kick in the 88th that Manuel Neuer did well to save, they struggled to break past a tight Bayern back line on the way to their second home league defeat of the year.Earlier, Borussia Moenchengladbach scored three times in 10 minutes to come from a goal down and demolish hosts Hoffenheim 4-1 to tighten their hold on a Champions League spot.VfL Wolfsburg struggled initially against VfB Stuttgart but two goals from Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez and another from Andre Schuerrle, his first for the club, earned a 3-1 win.Wolfsburg are in second place and have all but secured a top-four finish with seven matches left. Bayer Leverkusen also took a big step towards a top-four finish, crushing relegation-threatened Hamburg SV 4-0 with two goals from Gonzalo Castro to stay in fourth on 48 points, nine ahead of Schalke 05, in fifth, who are in action at Augsburg on Sunday.Former European champions Hamburg, who were defeated in interim coach Peter Knaebel’s debut game, are in 16th place, the relegation playoff spot.–