British heavyweight Tyson Fury is a belt lighter this week after the IBF decided to strip the top division ruler of his championship on Tuesday.
IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker confirmed the news to WBN overnight and says the reason behind the decision is Fury’s intent to follow through on a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
Tucker cited the IBF’s rule 3B to World Boxing News for the second time in succession by stating: “The mandatory takes priority over the re-match. In fact Rule 3B Return Bout states: No contract for a Championship contest shall contain any clause or provision, whatsoever, guaranteeing or in any way assuring or promising either contestant a return Championship contest where such clause or provision interferes with the mandatory defense of the Title.”
This means current number one contender Vyacheslav Glazkov will now battle next in line Charles Martin for the vacant strap after the latter pulled out of a scheduled undefeated clash with Dominic Breazeale this weekend.
In other news regarding Fury, the 27 year-old is currently under investigation by Greater Manchester police following complaints regarding the three-belt title holder’s recent controversial comments on homosexuality.
Fury has been vocal in airing what he says are beliefs from Bible scriptures, not only on being gay but strong views on abortion and paedophilia, which have been alerted to police who have decided to follow it up.