Tyson Fury has been stripped off his IBF world heavyweight title less than two weeks after winning it.
In a shocking move, Fury stunned the world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany last month and ended the Ukrainian’s nine year reign. This allowed Fury to bring Klitschko’s four belts back to Britain.
But after Klitschko opted to exercise his right for a rematch as was mentioned in his pre-fight contract, IBF moved to remove Fury as their champion. IBF wanted Fury to fight his mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov and called for purse bids less than 48 hours after Fury’s victory.
December 11 was set for the bidding accordingly but was rendered futile when Klitschko announced that he would return next year.
Glazkov will now fight for the vacant title against unheralded Chris Martin, thus fracturing the heavyweight division which had been ruled by Klitschko for over nine years.
Presently, Fury will only hold the WBO, WBA and IBO titles with the WBC belt going to the American Deontay Wilder.
The IBF’s decision however, does increase the chances of Anthony Joshua fighting for a world title within the next 12 months. The undefeated Londoner who is to face amateur rival Dillian Whyte on Saturday, is ranked No 8 with the governing body.
If Whyte wins the match on Saturday, he would be in a position to set up a unification clash with Fury.
Meanwhile, Fury has been embroiled in controversy ever since his interview with Olivia Holt over his homosexuality and paedophilic remarks which escalated all the more after his victory over Klitschko.
After his stunning win over the Ukrainian, Fury got shortlisted in the BBC Sport Personality of the Year Award but soon a petition seeking his removal was started which has now received 90,000 signatures from people around the world.
Just recently, BBC News presenter Clive Myrie slammed Fury on live TV over his comments on women and homosexuals. Mail Online quotes Myrie saying: “You cannot be a d***head and win Sports Personality of The Year Award.”