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Tyson Fury's uncle and trainer, Peter, believes his nephew will relinquish his world heavyweight title belts but has tipped him to return to the ring next year.
The 28-year-old was due to defend the belts he won from Wladimir Klitschko last year against the same opponent on October 29th but he withdrew because of mental health issues.
The British fighter has admitted taking cocaine, which will be discussed by the British Boxing Board of Control next week, and has also been accused of taking banned performance-enhancing drugs.
There is an option for Fury to be declared as a "Champion in recess", meaning fighters can challenge for his belts while he is unable to fight.
But as soon as Fury is fit to fight again, he can challenge whoever holds his belts upon his return to the ring.
And Peter Fury believes his nephew will be back in the ring next year.
"It's driven him to despair," he told BBC Radio 5. "I see him being back in the gym in March or April. He'll resume his career.
"He has everything to live for but it seems he is on a self-destruct
mission. I don't think he has got a drug addiction at all.
Whatever he has taken will be a result of the depression.
"The titles shouldn't be held up. While Tyson is out for medical reasons, the titles should be freed up.
"Let people fight for them. But Tyson should be held in regard so that when he does come back to box he should be available to move straight into position to fight for those world titles.
"Quite clearly this young man has got some mental issues and I ask the world to give this plenty of consideration. Other famous people have had these kind of problems and bounced back."
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