As widely expected Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) has been stripped of his Ring Magazine heavyweight title, Fury originally won The Ring belt when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, also claiming the IBF, WBA ‘super’ and WBO titles.
Already having surrendered the WBO, WBA and IBF belts due to his well-documented struggles in his personal life, Fury has now lost the Ring magazine heavyweight title.Due to a long 2-year period of inactivity, the organization has decided not only to strip Fury, but he’s also been dropped from the organization’s top 10 heavyweight rankings.
Fury had been set a deadline of January 31 to confirm an opponent for his return to the ring, after an absence of more than two years, but he failed to do so.
Just like to thank the @ringmagazine for being so patient with me over the last few years. this will be the first time since 1922 that the ring magazine will split from the heavyweight lineage. Tyson fury always setting precedences. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/fJR0MKDsTN
— TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) February 1, 2018
Ring heavyweight title will remain vacant and will not be on the line for the unification fight when Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) faces Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 31st at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
In a statement, the Ring Magazine said: “The Ring heavyweight championship is now vacant. There have been a variety of obstacles which prevented Fury from defending the championship over the past 26 months. Among them was the ill-fated Klitschko rematch, Fury’s mental health issues, a UKAD investigation and the revocation of his British boxing license.
“With all these issues now cleared, The Ring set a deadline (January 31) for Fury to reveal an opponent. However, no such announcement has been made by the fighter’s promoter, hence the decision to remove Fury as champion. Fury will also be removed from the Ring heavyweight rankings for the time being.
“We at The Ring would like to make it clear that this decision had not been taken lightly. The Ring championship belt is the closest representation to a lineal champion in the sport today, and Tyson Fury was extremely proud to be part of our heavyweight history.
“We deeply regret separating from the lineal championship and we would hope that fans appreciate our reasons for giving Tyson every opportunity over the past two years. We wish our former champion the very best for the future and we will be happy to re-rank him when appropriate.