Tyson Fury will lose at least another six months of his career unless promoter Frank Warren wins the fight for his boxing suspension to be lifted pending the resumption of a drugs hearing.
Warren has revealed that the UKAD tribunal into those allegations, which was halted abruptly last week, may not reconvene until October.
If so Fury, who has not boxed since his shock victory over former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko 18 months ago, would be unlikely to make his comeback before December even if he is cleared.
This and the interminable delay in starting the hearing into an apparent trace of steroids supposedly detected two years ago has frustrated Fury and infuriated Warren.
"This whole business is outrageous," says Warren, who was hoping Fury would return to the ring on the undercard of a world middleweight title defence by Billy Joe Saunders at the London Olympic Park's Copperbox Arena on July 8.
"Tyson is being prevented from earning a living and regaining his world titles even though he had not been convicted."
Warren is appealing for the British Boxing Board of Control to lift the temporary suspension of Fury's license imposed after he confessed to using cocaine to help him deal with acute depression.
He is asking Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch to help saying: "The government should intervene.
"Let UKAD get on with proving Tyson is guilty of something he denies or let him get back to his career.
"Instead they are letting this drag on in secrecy while leaking information themselves."
Fury and his cousin Hughie, also a heavyweight contender, deny the doping accusations.
Tyson has been back in training in Spain alongside Saunders, who reports that his fellow traveller has already lost 22lb of the excess weight gained during his suspension.
A date at Wembley Stadium next April has been pencilled in for Fury to challenge new world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua but he would need at least two warm-up fights before that could be confirmed.
The UKAD hearing was suspended because of a 'conflict of interest' involving one of the panel members.
The case is complicated by Fury having refused to take one more recent drugs test, an offence which usually carries an automatic suspension.