In the recent development, Tyson Fury has suffered a blow as he has been stripped off one of his four belts that he won from Wladimir Klitschko two week ago.
International Boxing Federation (IBF) demanded Fury to face their challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov in his next fight, however this was not possible because there was a rematch clause that has been activated by Klitschko.
After losing the IBF belt in this unfortunate circumstances, Fury still holds three other belts, the WBO, WBA, and IBO. While there is one other championship, the WBC, which is occupied by the American, Deontay Wilder.
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy was furious at the IBF decision, he told ESPN: ‘If the IBF are going to make a belated moral judgment and strip Tyson Fury because, apparently, [Klitschko promotional company] K2 never told them about the rematch clause, surely they should be just as moral and not take the large sanction fees they are taking. ‘
He further added: ‘In my opinion, the IBF should be ashamed of themselves. First, they called for private negotiations. Cancelled. Then they called for purse bids. Cancelled. Then they strip Tyson of his title for something he had no control over.’
Now that the IBF belt has been vacated, Ukrainian Glazkov will now fight Charles Martin, the dates for this match has not been announced yet.
This decision of IBF, quite possibly a good news for Anthony Joshua, as it increases his chances for a world heavyweight title shot in 2016. The undefeated boxer is due to fight Dillian Whyte on December 12.