Re­cov­er­ing Fury gives up world ti­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

LONDON >> Tyson Fury has va­cated his WBO and WBA world heavy­weight box­ing ti­tles to con­cen­trate on his treat­ment and re­cov­ery from drug use and other per­sonal is­sues.

Fury’s pro­mo­tors re­leased a state­ment early Thursday con­firm­ing the de­ci­sion. It comes in the wake of his sec­ond with­drawal from a re­match with Wladimir Kl­itschko — sched­uled for Oct. 29 — af­ter be­ing de­clared “med­i­cally un­fit” by his team and fol­low­ing his ad­mit­ted binge­ing on co­caine and al­co­hol.

“I’m un­able to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emo­tional de­ci­sion to now of­fi­cially va­cate my trea­sured world ti­tles and wish the next in-line con­tenders all the very best as I now en­ter an­other big chal­lenge in my life which I know, like against Kl­itschko, I will con­quer,” the Bri­tish boxer said in a state­ment.

“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of box­ing to keep the ti­tles ac­tive and al­low the other con­tenders to fight for the va­cant belts that I proudly won and held as the un­de­feated heavy­weight cham­pion of the world.”

The 28-year-old Fury faced the prospect of be­ing stripped of the ti­tles when the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol sched­uled a meet­ing this week and its gen­eral sec­re­tary, Robert Smith, ac­knowl­edged the heavy­weight’s “re­cent is­sues” would be up for dis­cus­sion.

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