World heavyweight champion Fury stripped of IBF title

Wed Dec 9, 2015 11:55am EST
 
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's uncle and trainer says the decision to strip the British fighter of one of his three titles is "absolutely scandalous".

The 27-year-old title holder, whose comments about homosexuality and women have provoked almost as many headlines as his feats inside the ring, was relieved of his IBF belt after agreeing to a contracted rematch with the Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko instead of fighting the IBF's mandatory challenger.

The IBF explained its decision to strip Fury of their title on Wednesday, saying the rematch was "in direct violation of an IBF rule".

Ukraine's Vyacheslav Glazkov was the number one contender for the IBF title and should have been Fury's next opponent -- the U.S. based organization said.

"Following the title fight between Klitschko and Fury, the IBF became aware for the first time that there was a contractual agreement between both fighters for an immediate rematch," it said.

"There were no provisions for any rematch in the contracts which were submitted to the IBF prior to the IBF agreeing to sanction the Klitschko vs. Fury bout."

In an interview in Boxing News, trainer Peter Fury said: "It's absolutely scandalous. I've not spoken to Tyson yet but we're dealing with it.

"But we've got a rematch that we're tied to. We have to take that fight. A fight of this magnitude, the IBF should only be too happy to be involved in such a megafight."   Continued...

 
Boxing - Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Title's - Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany - 28/11/15 Tyson Fury during a press conference after the fight  Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith