Boxing: Fury Vacates WBO , WBA ‎titles

By Ikenga Chronicles October 13, 2016

Boxing: Fury Vacates WBO , WBA ‎titles

Heavy weight champion, Tyson Fury has decided to vacate his WBO and WBA world titles in order to pay more attention to his “medical treatment and recovery”.

The Briton, 28, who is facing some challenges has admitted taking cocaine to deal with depression and looked set to lose his boxing licence.

He has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and has twice withdrawn from scheduled rematches.

“I now enter another big‎ challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer,I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active, Fury said

He added: “I won the titles in‎ the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but 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.”

Reacting to the development, Fury’s promoter Hennessy Sports said the decision would “allow him the time and space to fully recover from his present condition without any undue pressure and with the expert medical attention he requires”.

Mick Hennessy described the decision ‎as “heartbreaking” while uncle and trainer Peter Fury added: “Tyson will be back‎ stronger from this” and “will reclaim what’s rightfully his”.

Fury withdrew from his latest rematch with Ukraine’s Klitschko, scheduled for 29 October, because of mental health issues, reports the BBC.

He then admitted in an interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine that he was taking cocaine to help deal with depression.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) met on Wednesday and a decision on removing his licence is due on Thursday.

The WBO and WBA had already said Fury could lose his titles because of inactivity.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has said a deal is “very close” for Britain’s heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to fight Klitschko for his IBF belt and the now vacated titles.

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