Tyson Fury Will Vacate his WBO Belt
London, UK (October 11th, 2016)– Tyson Fury who won the WBA Super, WBO, IBO and IBF belts last November when he outpointed Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, will vacate his WBO crown before he is stripped.
Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is currently troubled by mental health issues and cocaine use, having failed two random VADA-conducted urine samples last month, and looks to be out of ring action for the immediate future.
The WBO threatened to strip Fury if he didn’t provide cause as to why he should keep the belt, but Boxing Scene is reporting that he has decided to relinquish the belt if he can challenge for a title when he is cleared to box again.
However the 28-year-old withdrew from the fight after being declared “medically unfit” to fight on September 23 for the Wladimir Klitschko fight that was scheduled to take place on October 29th in Manchester.
It was later disclosed that Fury failed two drugs tests, both for benzoylecgonine, on the two days leading up to the pull-out of the rematch, which was originally set to take place on July 9 before the Englishman was forced out with an ankle injury.
With Fury no longer having the WBO and IBF belts, it means of the four titles he won when he beat Wladimir Klitschko last November, he now holds only the WBA ‘super’ title and the lightly-regarded IBO belt.
It is expected that he will box for the WBO belt upon his return.
The World Boxing Organization, which is based in Puerto Rico, is expected to confirm the news later today.