Today was just not a good day for Tyson Fury. First he is under investigation for a hate crime and now the International Boxing Federation (IBF) has stripped Tyson Fury of the heavyweight title that he won when he defeated Wladimimr Klitschko on November 28 in a 12 round, unanimous decision.
Since Klitschko had a mandatory rematch clause in the contract in the fight with Fury, Fury must fight him before taking on any mandatory fight that the title brings with it. Rather than face a mandatory fight with Vyacheslav Glazkov, Fury opted to honor the contract and give Klitschko his rematch and the IBF was not too thrilled about it. Today’s move means that Glazkov will still get an opportunity to fight for the title, however, it will not be against Fury.
Instead the IBF has ordered for Glazkov to face number four rated heavyweight Charles Martin, who will be in action this Saturday in San Antonio for the Leija-Battah PBC card, for the vacant belt. The two fighters camps have until January 8 to reach an agreement and if they fail to do so, they will take a purse bid for the belt.
Fury still holds the WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles that he earned in the fight against Klitschko, but he may have bigger problems to worry about than the belt he lost today as the British authorities have launched a hate crime investigation against him.
Comments that he said back on November 7 did not sit well with the British authorities and they said they planned on visiting his home to speak to him to discuss the matter. This is not the first run in with the authorities for Fury, in March of 2013, he was fined £3,000($4,503 USD) after suggesting that fellow boxers David Price and Tony Bellew were “lovers.”
“Let’s not try and make me out to be some evil person and [say] I hate gays” said Fury in an interview on BBC radio, “because I don’t hate anybody.”
We’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops more.