Tyson Fury va­cates heavy­weight belts, loses box­ing li­cense

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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