- By James Nadel
The newly crowned world heavyweight champion, British, Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF title less than two weeks after winning it.
Fury, 27, by contractual obligation had to agree to fight the IBF’s mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov but had refused insisting he will instead face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch.
Fury beat Ukrainian Klitschko on points on 28 November to claim three of the four versions of the heavyweight title. Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF confirmed “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt. Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.”
Fury, who is unbeaten in 25 professional contests, retains the WBA and WBO versions of the heavyweight title, while the WBC belt is held by American Deontay Wilder. 31-year-old Glazkov, also a Ukrainian, has won 21 of his 22 professional fights.
The contract for last month’s title fight in Dusseldorf included a clause for a rematch, for which the date and the venue have to be decided. Klitschko, who had been world champion for 11 years announced last week he would take up the option.
Fury has been at the centre of controversy following his comments about women and gay people.
The Mancunian has been quoted as saying a woman’s “best place is on her back” and has criticised homosexuality and abortion.
Talking about himself in the third person Fury tried to justify his comments with: “Tyson Fury loves his fellow humans. He doesn’t hate anybody.”
Greater Manchester Police are investigating and may interview Tyson Fury over his controversial comments regarding homosexuality after he was reported for an alleged hate crime.
A viewer who had been watching a segment on the boxer on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme today made the complaint.
Mr Fury, who is bizarrely still in the running for the Sports Personality of the Year Award, has appeared to compare gay people with paedophiles on several occasions in an appearance that has been described by some viewers as “hateful, sexist and threatening overall.”