Tyson Fury has given up his WBO and WBA world heavyweight entitles to concentrate on recovery with Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua likely to fight for the abandoned crowns
Tyson Fury has willingly vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight entitles with immediate effect to focus on his medical care and recovery.
Fury recently withdrew from a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time after being sworn medically incompetent and courted more arguing after it was reported he had are positive for cocaine. The British Boxing Board of Control was set to discuss removing Furys licence on Wednesday, which would have led to him being stripped of the regions, but the boxer has trounced them to the punch by leaving them.
The 28 -year-old said in a statement: I won the entitles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring but Im unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world-wide names and please the next-in-line contenders all the very best as I now enroll another big challenge in “peoples lives” which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.
Fury upset the stranges by thumping the Ukrainian Klitschko in November 2015, too claiming the IBO belt, but he has yet to accept a rematch, twice pulling out.
Fury added: I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the entitles active and allow the other challengers to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly acquired and harboured as the undefeated heavyweight endorse of the world when I defeated the long-standing champ Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury recently told Rolling Stone magazine that “hes been” taking cocaine to help with depression and he will now seek medical care.
His promoters, Hennessy Sports, included in a statement: Out of respect for the determining bodies, the athletic of boxing and the heavyweight department Tyson has drawn the difficult decision to leave the regions. This will also enable him the time and cavity to fully recover from his present condition without any unnecessary influence and with the expert medical courtesy he requires and his close household support.
The move looks set to handwriting Klitschko and Anthony Joshua the chance to fight for the abandoned heavyweight titles.
Negotiations are ongoing between Klitschko and Joshua, with promoter Eddie Hearn hoping to get the fight on in December.
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