Champion Tyson Fury stripped of IBF belt

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

There will be a new World Heavyweight Champion in boxing, as current champion Tyson Fury was stripped of his IBF title. He won the belt in a shocking win over Wladimir Klitschko less than two weeks ago.

Fury rejected the IBF’s mandatory challenger fight with Vyacheslav Glazkov in his next fight. Instead, he will fight Klitschko in a rematch that will take place in early 2016.

Tyson Fury fighting Christian Hammer at the O2 Arena in England

Tyson Fury fighting Christian Hammer (Getty Images)

The 27-year-old was the first person to defeat Klitschko in nearly a decade. He defeated the long-time champion on points on Nov. 28th.

“It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt,” IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker, told BBC Sport. “Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.”

Fury has not lost in his 25 professional fights. He’ll retain the WBA and WBO Heavyweight Championships.

Deontay Wilder, an American, holds the WBC belt.

No date or a venue has been agreed upon for Fury’s defense against Klitschko. In Nov., the two fought each other in Dusseldorf, Germany. Fury won 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 over Klitschko.

With Fury not fighting Glazkov, he’ll now face American boxer Charles Martin for the vacated belt.

When Klitschko lost in shocking defeat, he was adamant there was going to be a rematch.

“There will be a rematch. It is still early and I have to process things but there will definitely be a rematch,” Klitschko said after the loss. “I couldn’t show my full potential at any time. This is what I want to change in the rematch — and I will. Failure is not an option.”

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