Lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury has officially been stripped of the IBF title he won just two weeks ago against long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. We reported on this site just hours after his historic upset win that the the IBF were, surprisingly, looking to dethrone their newly crowned belt-holder (25(18)-0) after he signed terms for a lucrative rematch with Klitschko next summer. The New Jersey based organisation stated that, without exception, he had to face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Fury still holds the WBA, WBO and Ring magazine heavyweight titles, however, eyebrows have been raised over the way the IBF have handled affairs with the undefeated Englishman. Their championships chairman, Lindsey Tucker, confirmed the news to the BBC last night. “It’s true he’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,” Tucker stated. The IBF have now ordered a vacant title fight between Glazkov (21(13)-0-1) and their No.4 rated contender Charles Martin (22(20)-0-1). The two parties have until January 8th to reach an agreement or the IBF will call purse bids.
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