IBF world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has had his title taken away less than two weeks after he beat Wladimir Klitschko to win it.
After winning the title Fury has dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with Greater Manchester Police launching an investigation into an alleged hate crime after he made homophobic remarks on a radio show.
He was also criticised for masking sexist remarks about about Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, as well as claiming a ‘women’s best place is on her back’, The Independent reported.
There have also been calls for him to be dropped from the BBC‘s Sport Personality of the Year shortlist after he compared homosexuality and abortion to paedophilia.
But being a bigot isn’t enough to be stripped of your title, and Fury has had his removed after he said he’d honour a rematch clause with Klitscko – Fury is the first person to beat the Ukrainian in over 10 years, taking his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles in the process.
The championships chairman of the IBF, Lindsey Tucker, told the BBC:
It’s true [Fury’s] been stripped of his IBF belt. Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.
The 27-year-old was given until the 11th of December to come to an arrangement with Glazko, but after Fury made it clear he’d fight Klitschko next year the IBF decided to strip him of his title.
Now Glazko will fight No 4 ranked Charles Martin for the vacant IBF title.