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Fury receives backdated 2-year doping ban, free to box again

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LONDON (AP) Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban on Tuesday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing license.

Fury and his cousin, Hughie, had elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples provided after fights in February 2015, UK Anti-Doping said. The bans were backdated to Dec. 13, 2015, and expired at midnight on Tuesday.

Both boxers said they "never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation." They said they were willing to come to a compromise agreement with UKAD.

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