British boxing chiefs say they are “nowhere near” granting Tyson Fury a licence to fight and still require medical records to lift his suspension.
The British Boxing Board of Control suspended Fury’s licence in 2016 owing to “anti-doping and medical issues”.
Fury, 29, accepted a backdated two-year anti-doping ban in December and is working towards a return in 2018.
He tweetedon Wednesday that he would be “applying for my licence today” and would be back in the ring in April.
But the BBBofC has not spoken to Fury and insists the process “really can’t move on” without medical records.
“We have a number of reports already in from when he was suspended,” BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith told 5 live’s boxing podcast.
“We will need up-to-date ones and then pass them on to our doctors and consultants. They will tell me if they need more but at present we are nowhere near that.
“I have spoken to Mick Hennessy [Fury’s promoter], advising he’d like to get on with this as soon as possible and he did say he’d come back to me but unfortunately at this time he hasn’t so it hasn’t moved on yet.”
Smith’s comments come as Fury frequently shares training videos with fans on Instagram, reportedly losing four stone in order to move closer to his fighting weight.
The Manchester-born fighter has not competed since claiming the IBF, WBA and WBO titles by beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
On Sunday, Fury tweeted he was looking forward to returning to the ring “in late April”, while 24 hours earlier he tweeted IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua stating he was “ready for this summer”.
BBC Radio 5 live boxing analyst Steve Bunce said it was “alarming” Fury’s camp had not made progress with the BBBofC.
In October, with Fury vocal over the lengthy nature of his Ukad case, he criticised the BBBofC and said he would not seek a new licence from them.
He could look to other bodies but the BBBofC would need to be satisfied with that organisation’s credibility in order for Fury to fight in the UK.
“Tyson has a licence with us that has been suspended,” Smith added. “Until that is lifted, we really can’t move on. If he is to fight here under someone else’s licence, we have to make sure that organisation is fit and proper.”