October 13, 2016 / 10:16 AM / a year ago

British Board of Control suspends Fury's licence

LONDON (Reuters) - The body overseeing professional boxing in Britain suspended heavyweight Tyson Fury’s licence on Thursday.

Britain Boxing - Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares WBA & WBC Diamond Lightweight Title's - Manchester Arena - 24/9/16. Tyson Fury before the start of the boxing. Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra/ Livepic/Files

British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) general secretary Robert Smith told Reuters that the decision was made pending an investigation into anti-doping and medical issues.

Fury had earlier put an end to his 11-month reign as world champion with the announcement that he would be vacating his WBO and WBA titles “to fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery”.

The 28-year-old has not fought since beating Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to win the titles in November 2015 and has since admitted taking cocaine to battle depression.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John O'Brien

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