Two weeks after ending the decade-long reign of Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury loses his IBF heavyweight title for not facing Vyacheslav Glazkov.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has stripped Tyson Fury of the heavyweight title after the Briton agreed to a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
The IBF's mandatory challenger for was to be Vyacheslav Glazkov, a Ukrainian boxer who has won 21 of his 22 fights. Fury instead elected to grant Klitschko, who Fury defeated two weeks ago to obtain the title, his contractually-obligated rematch, which Klitschko announced he would activate last week.
"It's true he's been stripped of the IBF belt," Lindsey Tucker, the IBF's championship chairman, told the BBC on Tuesday. "Our challengar was Vyacheslav Glazkov but instead Fury's gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.
The decision opens the door for undefeated Briton Anthony Joshua, who fights Dillian Whyte this Saturday, to become the number one contender next year. Fury still holds the WBA, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. No date or venue has been chosen for the Fury-Klitschko rematch.
dv / (Reuters)