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Fury vacates heavyweight titles

Photo: Hennessy Sports

Photo: Hennessy Sports

Tyson Fury has vacated his heavyweight titles in order to focus on his mental and physical health.

Having tested positive for cocaine recently and suffering from depression, Fury made the decision on Wednesday night to give up his belts and seek out treatment.

“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko,” said Fury.

“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 and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer,” Fury added.

Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a decision upset over Wladimir Klitschko last November but seemed unable to handle his newfound success and began to drink heavily and use cocaine.  A scheduled rematch in July was canceled due to a reported ankle injury, which Fury later admitted he pulled out of due to lack of training and, then pulled out of an October rematch as well.

Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter said, “Tyson will still be the linear world heavyweight champion in everyones’ eyes. He beat the most dominant champion in the modern era of boxing on an amazing night in Germany to earn that accolade and that will never change. Whilst it’s heartbreaking to see Tyson vacate the world titles that he worked so long and hard for all his life, what’s paramount now is that he receives the medical treatment along with the love of his family and friends and the support of the boxing world to make a full recovery.”

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