Tyson Fury vacates heavyweight belts, loses boxing license
Tyson Fury’s downward slide since becoming world heavyweight boxing champion plunged further Thursday when the British fighter relinquished his titles and had his license suspended over drug use and medical issues.
Fury’s promoters said the 28-year-old boxer was giving up his WBO and WBA belts with immediate effect to focus on treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal problems.
Hours later, the British Boxing Board of Control said Fury had been temporarily relieved of his license “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues.”
The unbeaten Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles in one of the most stunning heavyweight upsets in recent times. He has twice pulled out of a rematch with Klitschko, most recently ahead of the rearranged Oct. 29 bout after being declared “medically unfit” by his team.