By Frank Warren
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS may have been the headliner on Saturday but, earlier in the evening, there was only one man capturing the hearts and minds of many of those in attendance at the Copper Box.
Due to a few of the things he has come out with in the past, Tyson Fury doesn’t appeal to everyone, but boxing fans recognise Tyson for his achievements and certainly have a great affection for him.
I don’t think anybody out of the hundreds that beckoned him over from his ringside perch left without a picture or an autograph and they all wanted to know when he will be back doing what he does best.
That is a question we would all like to know the answer to.
Tyson being left in such a state of limbo is just plain wrong and I simply don’t understand how the authorities can justify leaving him in the lurch for so long.
If he is guilty of anything then deal with him. Let him know where he stands. People up on criminal charges get fairer treatment – they have a trial and get found guilty or innocent.
How can someone have two years of this hanging over their head? It is not right and can’t be right.
Even if he is guilty, what he has gone through is totally unacceptable and I am now told the aborted hearing in May has now been pushed back yet again.
I do suspect that if any other sporting figure was subjected to similar, people would be demanding a resolution. So why aren’t newspapers or media outlets jumping on this?
Despite everything, Tyson is looking and sounding well, but what he needs now is a focus and to be given the green light to get back to work.
Boxing is what he does and he is being prevented from plying his trade, which wouldn’t happen in other walks of life.
If he is guilty and has to serve a suspension then so be it, but he also has the right to know when his time out of the ring has been served.
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