Tyson Fury’s decision to vacate the heavyweight title belts in his possession have been greeted by a sense of sadness and relief by promoter Mick Hennessy.
Fury, 28, took the tough choice to act before the governing bodies stripped him of his belts to deal with out of the ring problems and Hennessy says the focus now turns to the former champion getting better.
“Tyson will still be the lineal World Heavyweight Champion in everyone’s’ eyes. He beat the most dominant champion in the modern era of boxing on an amazing night in Germany to earn that accolade and that will never change,” said Hennessy.
“Whilst it’s heartbreaking to see Tyson vacate the world titles that he worked so long and hard for all his life, what’s paramount now is that he receives the medical treatment along with the love of his family and friends and the support of the boxing world to make a full recovery.”
Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer, added: “Tyson will be back stronger from this and I will make sure, no matter what we have to deal with, Tyson not only comes back but will reclaim what’s rightfully his. I’m very proud of my nephew’s achievements.”
The titles will be scrapped over by the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr. in the coming days as Fury contemplates an immediate future without his status as top division king.
A reign littered with controversy and disappointment can be put firmly in the background as Fury concentrates on piecing his life together ahead of a potential return to action in 2017.