Former WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced his plan to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on December 1, but the fight hadn’t been sanctioned by the governing body because the WBC required Fury to enroll in the WBC clean boxing program.
The request by the governing body didn’t come as a surprise because Fury’s sample tested positive for a banned substance in February 2015, and he also admitted abusing cocaine and seeking medical treatment for it, which led him to leave the sport at the peak of his career for two and a half years after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
After Fury announced his intention to fight Wilder, WBC head, Mauricio Sulaiman, told reporters he was hopeful Fury would sign up for out of competition testing, adding that the former champion won’t be able to win the WBC belt if he failed to enroll in the program.
“I would say this week. I’m going to reach out to him, because there has to be testing for the fight, out of competition. The time is of essence. Hopefully, he will enroll.”
“If he does not enroll, then the WBC cannot sanction the fight,” Sulaiman added.
Sulaiman said Fury sent him a message telling him he hadn’t enrolled in the program because he was having difficulty filling out the required paperwork, which is a little complicated because fighters have to let the anti-doping agency know where they will be at all times.
“He told me personally, publicly on Twitter. He sent a message, he had a fight, and he has been struggling with paperwork, so we understand that. We have that flexibility in our protocol, but now it’s time. Time is now.”
On Tuesday, Sulaiman confirmed that Fury had indeed enrolled in the program, which means the fight between Fury and Wilder will take place as scheduled on December 1.
“I can confirm Tyson Fury has now sent the Clean Boxing Program enrolment forms to VADA testing,” Sulaiman said. “Where you are located is the most important piece of information, where we can find you to perform a test, it is very simple.
“You put down your information and every time you make a move you have to report it. So if you’re going to the movies and it’s more than one mile away, you report it. It’s the optimum way of doing it. The administration is complicated but we are doing our best.”
“You can report it via email or entering the information on a new app we have developed. He would have that app on his phone and he can enter where he is going.
“I would say on this program we randomly test between 20 and 30 boxers every month so there’s a fair chance Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder would be tested as part of that.”
With both Wilder and Fury enrolled in the program, they will both head to training camp to get ready for the fight, which is one of the most anticipated fights of the year.