Tyson Fury
Fury is free to resume his boxing career after accepting a backdated two-year suspension Getty

Tyson Fury has been cleared to fight again after he accepted a two-year backdated suspension from the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). He proceeded to call out current heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua soon after.

Fury has not fought since November 2015 when he caused a major upset by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in Germany to win the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.

However, he had to relinquish his titles a year later and had his boxing licence revoked over a failed anti-doping test from February 2015 as well as his admission in September 2016 to using cocaine to deal with depression.

It was believed that he had further delayed a potential return to boxing on Monday (11 December) when he missed his hearing with the UKAD in London.

However, the UKAD came to a compromise and gave both him and his cousin Hughie — who also tested positive in February 2015 — a backdated two-year suspension which expired at midnight on Tuesday (12 December) which was accepted by the Furys.

It means the "Gypsy King" just has to regain his boxing licence from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) — who have accepted the outcome — to resume fighting again.

"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," Fury said afterwards.

Fury quickly took to social media by posting a video of himself before calling out current WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua.

"Where you at boy? I'm coming for you punk. No one blocking my path now!" Fury tweeted.

Fury and Joshua have been trash-talking each other on Twitter ever since it emerged that the two Britons could potentially face off 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 added. "It's time to get the party started."