Tyson Fury’s trainer Peter Fury has reacted to the overnight news that the International Boxing Federation have moved to strip his nephew of one of the championships he ripped away from Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury was ordered to face mandatory Vyachslav Glazkov, rather than follow through with a 2016 return with Klitschko, but a clause in the November 28 fight contract meant the 27 year-old was powerless to keep his belt.
Glazkov is set to fight American Charles Martin for the vacant title early next year, although Peter has said that contest is of no significance to the division and that Fury should still have all the straps he fought so hard to win just under two weeks ago.
“In my mind Tyson hasn’t been given a fair chance to keep his title,” Fury exclusively and kindly told World Boxing News on Wednesday morning as he tries to enjoy a few days break.
“To me, the IBF title is now worthless as Tyson is the real champion. Glazkov and Martin will be fighting for a belt that nobody recognises, but it is what it is and we move on.
“It’s disappointing, but the rematch with Klitschko is what we are looking at and that has to be the priority for us moving forward.”
These latest developments have opened the door to a fourth top division champion to join Fury, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and WBA ‘regular’ belt holder Ruslan Chagaev, leaving any hopes of an undisputed king further away than in previous years.
Wilder told WBN recently that he hoped to arrange a massive clash with the winner of the Fury v Klitschko rematch at the back end of 2016 to crown one sole champion, but will now have to pick up the IBF belt in order to have five titles on offer for any future battle.