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Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko: Champion a no-show as anti-doping hearing set for after Wlad clash

By Declan Warrington

Published 13/09/2016

Unfazed: Wladimir Klitschko
Unfazed: Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury failed to show for the press conference to promote his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko amid claims his car had broken down.

His manager Mick Hennessy also insisted his phone had run out of battery and that he was stuck in traffic.

It was revealed, however, that his hearing with the independent National Anti-Doping Panel will take place on a date to be confirmed in November.

Frank Warren of BoxNation - the channel televising the fight - and Hennessy said that Mr Charles Flint QC of the High Court had given permission for the October 29 date to proceed.

Warren said: "Mr Flint, the head of the tribunal, has ruled that the fight will go ahead and the hearing will take place afterwards, so there is no danger of that stopping the fight."

Hennessy added: "Apologies once again for Tyson not attending. We only spoke to him once; his battery's gone. He's had problems with traffic, and also the car he was in broke down."

Klitschko experienced David Haye missing a press conference to promote their fight in 2011, and spoke with some uncertainty about whether the rematch for Fury's WBA and WBO heavyweight titles would take place.

They were scheduled to fight on July 9 before an ankle injury forced Fury's withdrawal.

It then emerged that UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) had charged Fury over a urine sample taken in February 2015. It was alleged the sample - taken nine months before his defeat of Klitschko - contained traces of the banned substance nandrolone.

Fury was provisionally suspended, but that ban has since been lifted, and his legal team said they would be suing UKAD.

"Fury is not here right now but maybe he is invisible," said Klitschko, 40. "But eventually we will meet in the ring. I can wait. I am looking forward to revenge."

Hennessy was also asked how confident he was that Fury would be cleared in the hearing, and he said: "Very, very. There'll be a lot of things coming out."

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