The British Boxing Board of Control has stated that Tyson Fury is still facing suspension and his licence is far from being reinstated.
It has also been confirmed that a loophole to get a boxing licence from the Boxing Union of Ireland has also been blocked.
Fury vacated his titles for medical reasons and he says he’ll be back from his exile come May.
“My understanding is a fact – he’s suspended, so that’s it,” BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith exclusively told Sky Sports on Tuesday.
“He’s got a number of issues to consider before we even consider lifting a suspension.
“We’ve not had any contact with Mr Fury or any of his team since he was suspended. We understand there is a hearing taking place for anti-doping, and until that matter is dealt with, the suspension will stay in place.
“[UK Anti-Doping] carry out all of our anti-doping issues. His BBBofC [licence] is suspended until his UKAD hearing, on our behalf, has taken place. I’m hoping to hear a final date shortly, within the next month or so.
“Mr Fury has a number of issues. It’s not a matter of clicking your fingers – there are medical issues to consider, for his best interest.
“We have not heard from Mr Fury – if he wants his suspension lifted, he must contact us to find out what he needs to do. He must send us documentation, for us to consider.”
Asked about the possibility of Fury seeking a licence abroad, Smith said: “It depends who he went to box with. If he went to box with a commission that we are affiliated to, they would honour our suspension.”
Boxing Union of Ireland president Mel Christle exclusively confirmed: “The protocol is that the BBBofC is, like the BUI, affiliated to the [European Boxing Union] and the World Boxing Council. We respect each other’s decisions.
“Until the suspension is dealt with, then an application would be considered with due fairness and proper deliberation. While he is suspended by a legitimate supervisory authority, we will respect that suspension.”