Tyson Fury Stripped Of IBF Title AND Investigated For A Hate Crime The Same Day

December 8, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

It’s been a rough day for the new heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury.

Fury was stripped today of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title he won from Wladimir Klitschko last month. Although Fury won several other heavyweight belts from Klitschko, including the WBA (Super), WBO, IBO belts, the IBF today elected to strip Fury of their version of the heavyweight championship for his refusal to face their mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov. Fury was in a tough spot to abide to the IBF’s demand, considering Wladimir Klitschko had a rematch clause in his fight contract with Fury, which he has chosen to exercise. Fury was truly in a no win situation with the IBF. Glazkov will face Charles Martin for the vacant title, while Fury and Klitschko will likely fight their rematch in April or May of 2016.

Despite the contactual agreement between Fury and Klitschko for the rematch, the IBF refused to relent and maintained that the new champion would have to abide by the federation’s standards if he wanted to keep his title.


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Per Phil D. Jay of World Boxing News, IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker explained himself on Dec. 3:

Regarding the Klitschko rematch taking precedence, it’s just the opposite as the mandatory takes priority of the rematch. In fact Rule 3B Return Bout states: No contract for a championship contest shall contain any clause or provision, whatsoever, guaranteeing or in any way assuring or promising either contestant a return championship contest where such clause or provision interferes with the mandatory defense of the title.

Per Nick Parkinson of ESPN.com, Fury’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, was extremely unhappy with the IBF’s conduct.

“They shouldn’t be doing that and as far as I’m concerned if they want to hustle and bully Tyson into fighting Glazkov, Tyson will end up putting the belt in the bin at a major press conference…If they force Tyson to fight Glazkov, it will not happen. Glazkov means nothing, he has zero value.”

On top of being stripped by the IBF, Tyson Fury is also now the subject of a Manchester Police investigation for a “hate crime” due to Fury’s outlandish comments about homosexuals.

The comments made by Fury in a newspaper interview before his win over Klitschko November 28th, included a statement saying that “homosexuality being legal in countries” needed to happen “before the devil comes home.”

Fury is currently a finalist for the BBC’s sports personality of the year, however because of his comments about homosexuality, more than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for him to be removed as a finalist. Fury’s response? Critics can “suck his b***s.” Pretty sure he thinks the same of the IBF now as well.

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